Medlen excited for first start in two years – updated

Kris Medlen will make his first start Tuesday for the Braves in almost two years. He hasn’t started since Aug. 4, 2010 against the Mets, when he walked off the mound in the middle of the fifth inning with an ailing right elbow.

After a year away recovering from ligament transplant surgery and the first four months of this season pitching in the bullpen, Medlen returns to a role in which he’s proven he can excel. He went 5-0 with a 3.86 in 14 starts in 2010. The Braves won 13 of those starts.

“I’m excited,” Medlen said Monday afternoon. “I finally get my opportunity again. I think I made the most of it the first time around.”

Medlen got his chance in 2010 when Jair Jurrjens went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. This time he’s replacing Jurrjens because of his struggles on the mound. The Braves lost Jurrjens’ past two starts by a combined score of 18-2, while Jurrjens gave up 14 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings,

This change is likely for one night, after the Braves acquired left-hander Paul Maholm in a deal from the Chicago Cubs late Monday night.

“He’ll start tomorrow and we’ll re-evaluate and see where we go,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said after Monday’s trade. “The thing about Medlen, he really has been a valuable guy and as we’ve contemplated the start the last four days, we’ve been in situations where he would have been very valuable in the games (out of the bullpen). So it was pretty obvious that we missed him.”

Medlen was sent to Triple-A at the end of May to stretch out when the Braves considered making a move like this earlier. They decided against it and brought him back to the bullpen two weeks later. This time Medlen will be stretching out on the job. He threw 46 pitches in his three-inning relief appearance on Wednesday in Miami. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would play it by ear with Medlen’s pitch count but thought 75 pitches would be pushing it.

“I’m not worried about the number of pitches,” Medlen said. “I just want to go out there and be consistent and be efficient.”

David O’Brien contributed information to this report.

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BUGGSY

July 30th, 2012
7:29 pm

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July 30th, 2012
7:30 pm

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bruce

July 30th, 2012
7:30 pm

Rooting for you Meds!

nobody

July 30th, 2012
7:30 pm

First. Hanson not looking so good

BUGGSY

July 30th, 2012
7:31 pm

MEDS WILL BE OUR #1 STARTER………………….

braves fan

July 30th, 2012
7:31 pm

i’m pullin’ for ya Medlin! i’ve been wanting to see you start again for awhile….hoping for a great outing for you tomorrow night!

nobody

July 30th, 2012
7:31 pm

Also these big guys like Jhey and Freeman do not look good with their pants pulled up lol

MyThoughts

July 30th, 2012
7:49 pm

Medlen reminds me alot of another “little” pitcher in years past – Pat Jarvis aka Lil Bulldog !!!!!!!

tjhook

July 30th, 2012
7:57 pm

Let’s bring up Cory Gearrin and see if he can handle medlin’s position.

JC Boscan III

July 30th, 2012
8:11 pm

Hanson’s not looking great again tonight… 3 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings, against a lineup with 5 (count’em — 5) guys with a batting average under .210. He’s dodging bullets against a lineup that barely HAS any bullets!!!

CSP

July 30th, 2012
8:14 pm

Cosign Lil Bulldog!! Good Luck Kris!

McCmann_AquaHoss

July 30th, 2012
8:35 pm

I’m starting to get the feeling Hansons hurt…87mph heat? sad, sad, sad

urban redneck

July 30th, 2012
8:44 pm

he’s a winner. winners always want the ball.

DaveinNEPA

July 30th, 2012
10:04 pm

Good Luck to Meds tomorrow night.

I hope he shows Wren and Fredi G. the move they should have made back in May.

Wes H

July 30th, 2012
11:16 pm

Typical haters on Hanson in here. JC should have come back and said something good after Hanson gives up just one run tonight.

Pete

July 30th, 2012
11:23 pm

MLB TV is reporting that the Cubs have traded P-Paul Maholm & OF utility-Reed Johnson to the Braves

the truth...

July 30th, 2012
11:44 pm

So now the talk is that Maholm will take Medlen’s place in the rotation……….I’d think that would do a number on his head…..

Quack Quack

July 30th, 2012
11:55 pm

Good luck Kris. I’ve been waiting for this since you left the mound in 2010.You look real good now, and sure you will make a great showing tomorrow.

Sweep the fish……

GO BRAVES

Bill

July 30th, 2012
11:56 pm

Back to the pen, head up and let’s win.

lee maye

July 31st, 2012
12:16 am

The way Hanson is pitching, Medlen may stay in the rotation to give him some rest. Hanson is pitching as though something is wrong with his shoulder or arm again. He has no velocity and is walking batters. Sit him down a while. JJ to Gwinnett or released.

Teddy B

July 31st, 2012
12:24 am

At least with Maholm we have an extra starter if we need one down the stretch due to injury. Can’t be a bad thing, look at the bright side of it. Sure it sucks Medlen gets his chance to start for a game and he’s likely done until someone goes down exhausted. Hey he could even spot start for guys who are fatigued down to the wire.

the truth...

July 31st, 2012
12:27 am

@lee maye

Amen #1 Hanson is not throwing like he should be…..really struggled thru the first couple of innings tonight. Also he’s a Boros client so we will lose him for sure in a year if he recovers and has free agency value….

Amen #2 on JJ…………he is done…..don’t think he will recover and pitch again for us…..

HAL

July 31st, 2012
8:16 am

ill still take jj over bp hanson the one who ‘never was”

Wolf in Pennsylvania

July 31st, 2012
9:16 am

Medlen should get two starts since Hanson sitting a turn. I hope he really pitches well, he was doing well as a starter prior to TJ surgery. We need the good young arms to step up.

VinnyD

July 31st, 2012
1:21 pm

I want to see JJ pitch out of the pen after Medlen just to see if he can do it. If he can’t, we need to make a trade tonight. We don’t need to go into the playoff chase without 7 good arms out of the pen.

Matt

July 31st, 2012
1:53 pm

I bet Medlen is bouncing around the clubhouse like a Wham-O® Super Ball®.

Tim

July 31st, 2012
2:21 pm

I think the rotation for the next two weeks should be:
Hudson
Sheets
Minor
Medlen
Maholm

Give Hanson two weeks rest and see if his consistency is better. This may be the thing he needs in order to get back to full strength. Two weeks to rest the shoulder and have a few bullpen sessions without going down to AAA. Might be what the doctor ordered for him.

Put Delgado in the bullpen for long relief. It will be a good thing for him.

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