Braves avoided Strasburg-like decision with Medlen

Washington – Perhaps a little known fact, given all the publicity surrounding Tuesday’s Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg and the possibility of him being shut down at 160-180 innings, is that the Braves have been keeping similar tabs on Kris Medlen.

The most innings Medlen has thrown in a season is 120 1/3 in Double-A Mississippi in 2008. Coming off “Tommy John” elbow reconstruction surgery, the Braves didn’t want him to throw any more than 150-160 innings this season. That’s part of the reason why he opened the season pitching out of the bullpen.

Medlen is at 80 innings for the season, including 25 2/3 innings now as a starter, so it won’t be a problem. But that’s by design.

“We knew coming out of spring training he probably had 150-160 innings, based on our organizational belief in percentage of increase in innings per year,” said Braves general manager Frank Wren, indicating it’s about 20 percent. “So we preferred to start him off in the bullpen where he could be a bridge for our starters for the first two months and then after that we would evaluate our needs, and it would allow us to have him until the end once we put him in the rotation.”

Wren doesn’t envy Nationals GM Mike Rizzo’s call of having to sit his ace in the heat of a pennant race to protect his arm for the future.

“It’s a very difficult position to be in,” Wren said. “You can see every side of the argument.”

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ag

August 20th, 2012
7:16 pm

ag

August 20th, 2012
7:16 pm

yee haw… how long does it take to publish an article cr/dob?

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 20th, 2012
7:24 pm

Smart man that Frank Wren is.

Chop Chop

August 20th, 2012
7:39 pm

I wish fans would just shut up when they look at the rings Frank Wren has won for us. He is a genius.

Casey

August 20th, 2012
7:42 pm

He’s not a piece. He’s a player, a baseball player, a person, a human being, a 1st Baseman, a hitter. Why is it the media has to call players pieces now? I punch someone in the face if he called me a piece.

Casey

August 20th, 2012
7:44 pm

@Chop Chop

What rings has Frank Wren won for us? Go back to your Xbox. The grownups are talking.

Oh'man

August 20th, 2012
7:47 pm

I am trying to watch the game on MLB because its the free game of the day, but it tells me blackout restriction. What does that mean? They are not in Atlanta playing, they are in Washington, so why is there still a blackout?

jeffrey d

August 20th, 2012
8:04 pm

What rings has Frank Wren won for us? Go back to your Xbox

whooooooosh

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

August 20th, 2012
8:24 pm

They are not playing crisply tonight or al least not yet. Hudson came closer to making a play with his bare hand than Chipper did with his glove. Carroll, can’t older players like Chipper play with bigger gloves like we do in softball?

BravesfaninWis

August 20th, 2012
8:36 pm

The Nats don’t need Strausburgh to beat the Braves, but they will destroy them tomorrow with him. We have arguably our best pitcher out there tonight, they score a run in the first, and what do they do? Give up 4 runs in the bottom half of the inning.

So all those quotes yesterday about knowing what kind of series this is, how important it is, and you come out like that? I don’t need the next 2 games to know what the Braves are, they are pretenders. They will either choke out and miss the playoffs altogether, or they will get beat in the head to head wild card game, because that is what bad teams do. They have their record because they beat the bad teams and occasionally get lucky against the good teams.

Gman

August 20th, 2012
8:44 pm

No suspense at all-Braves behind AGAIN and so the division race ends-will be at least 7 back after this series

What chokers. They just suck

Reality

August 20th, 2012
8:46 pm

Braves may not score 4 runs this entire series

ATLANTA CLOWNS

August 20th, 2012
8:48 pm

cool Hudson allowed 4 runs in the 1st inning…so i guess this game it´s over with the MLB ERA leader pitching against … it´s sad take the lead and suddenly allow 4 runs in few minutes when the braves have in the mound our “ace”….. sad very sad and dissapointed…. at least the braves have the lead in the NL WildCard race…for now…

anyway..if the Nats win or not the division they dont gonna play the WS…and if they advance to the WS (miracle) they gonna be sweep by NYY or TEX….

Rowland Office

August 20th, 2012
8:48 pm

What color pennant will we proudly display for the 2nd wild card spot and a 1 game playoff exit. So exciting!

Brandon

August 20th, 2012
8:55 pm

@Oh’man – I’m pretty sure if you live in the atlanta area it will block it either way. i’ll double check though

Brandon

August 20th, 2012
8:59 pm

yeah Oh’man…it doesnt matter if you are the home or away team, it will still be blacked out

space monkey

August 20th, 2012
8:59 pm

Utter BS. They believe he’s too small to start.

BravesfaninWis

August 20th, 2012
9:04 pm

Poster child for Chokers right here playing this game. Do all those idiots from yesterday like Venters, and Prado who were quoted as saying that they can beat the Nats, and this is right where they want to be, want to talk now? Talk about putting your foot in your mouth. The Braves aren’t good enough to hang with the Nats. It will be even worse next season when Bourn is playing CF for them and leading off. This team sure looks ” ready ” alright, ready for the golf courses. Sorry boys, but there are no bad teams in the playoffs, and that seems to be the only teams you can beat, which means you don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Sorry Chipper that your final season had to be on a choke artist team like this, but at least you had a good year so congrats on that.

BravesfaninWis

August 20th, 2012
9:12 pm

Start tipping your hat Fredi, what else are you going to do? Bow down to the better team with the better manager. You were defeated before you even left Atlanta last night, because you know deep down you don’t have what it takes to win this division.

Wonder Who?

August 20th, 2012
9:32 pm

Someone is back filling this blog with nothing but negative thoughts and predictions……I wonder who?

4-4 now…..Mr. Negative. Braves don’t give up as easily as you….obviously.

BravesfaninWis

August 20th, 2012
9:33 pm

They will blow it again, I am completely convinced in that.

Oh'man

August 20th, 2012
10:42 pm

@Brandon
That is what I was afraid of -_-. Thanks anyways!

billy bob baseball

August 20th, 2012
11:20 pm

Put a fork in em, they’re done for the year if uggla is allowed to play another game with them. uggla should not be allowed to come back to Atlanta, he shouldn’t be allowed to play the rest of this road trip. If gonzales continues to play the bum uggla, then he needs to be fired post haste. You’re not just seeing the difference tonight of two teams, you’re seeing a difference between two managers. Davey Johnson knows how to win, gonzales is afraid of his players. He’s afraid to bench guys that aren’t producing because they may throw a hissy fit and hurt his feelings. If Chipper Jones wants to be thought of as the leader of this team, he needs to step up and say what needs to be said. If he wants to win it all this last season of his, he had better do it soon before the deadwood at second base brings this team down again this year the way he did last season.

God's Word says...

August 20th, 2012
11:50 pm

My bro-in-law is big Yankees fan, but lived in ATL for many years and attended games at the old Fulton Cty Stad. I asked him what the difference in the Yankees and Braves fans was.

He said ATL fans wait for things to happen and Yankee fans make things happen.

A fan is someone who is like a cheerleader and encourages and roots them on to victory. They convey a winning attitude. I wish all you Braves haters and complainers would stay away from Turner Field so that you won’t be booing them to defeat. You all cast a dark cloud.

Ken Stallings

August 21st, 2012
12:32 am

Sorry, but that’s ridiculous! Fans don’t make anything happen other than interference with play on the field. Which brings to mind the Jeffery Mayer debicle which may be what he’s thinking about, but even in that case it was the umpires who blew it so that was on them — should have been ruled fan interference.

On the other hand, the doom and gloom, while annoying at times, doesn’t affect the action of the field one bit. However, a review of New York city nrewspapers show a lot more trolling and negativity.

Braves lost in a long game. Need to win the next two to go .500 against two of the best teams in the NL. They played the Nats very tough tonight.

RaleighDawg

August 21st, 2012
12:33 am

Wow…not sure who looked stupider in the 13th…the “HOF’er” (hee-hee, pardon my giggle there) Chipper by not only not covering his base, but then kicking the ball so Janish could make a play or the “12 million dollar” second baseman who drops the ball trying to get it out of his glove…these guys are so clutch you can set your watch by them…

JC Boscan III

August 21st, 2012
12:38 am

POOR ending to a frustrating game. So many chances to win, and NOBODY can get a clutch hit. This pretty much relegates the Braves to a wild card race, barring an unlikely collapse by the Nats.

Ken Stallings

August 21st, 2012
9:24 am

As someone who used to live in Raleigh, NC, I wish RD would change his ID. You ignore the positives that Chipper and Uggla delivered in the game and obsess on the negatives. Uggla did not have a play. The reason is the runner at first was not a moron. He stopped a few feet off the bag and was going to force Uggla to run after him to tag him, which would have given the batter time to reach the base. With only one out, that was the only way Uggla could have gotten a double play. Throwing to second with a slow chopper hit to him was out of the question.

That slow hit also ruled out any chance of throwing to home. So, while it was ruled an error, it would have meant nothing. A quick throw to first would have recorded the first out and with no force on the runner going to second base, the run would have scored and the game been over. What Uggla was trying to do was make a very fast transfer to throw out the runner at home, but then realized it was hopeless, and then tried to immediately run to tag the runner from first and toss the ball to Freeman at first.

Again, if you look at the replays, that wasn’t going to happen either, but in the effort to quickly make the change of decision, Uggla had the ball go up his arm. Either way, would have made no difference.

It’s baseball, people! If you cannot handle it, then stop being a fan of the sport!

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Roland Washington

August 22nd, 2012
11:13 am

With an 8 game lead, the division has been decided. They will shut Strasburg down, at least for his next 4 or 5 start dates and keep his body and arm in shape with side sessions and have him for 30-40 innings in the playoffs.

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