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Braves' Medlen has a partial tear in his UCL, Tommy John surgery likely

Aug 5, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

Yet Derek Lowe continues to go through life in perfect health.

Sorry, that was bitter. I don’t wish harm to come to Lowe. I just really wish it didn’t come to Kris Medlen. He’s young and promising and — most importantly — will likely help anchor the Braves’ rotation in the future when Derek Lowe is fishing someplace.  For now, though, it looks like Dr. James Andrews is in his future.

Results of an MRI today reveals a partial tear to his ulnar collateral
ligament. The official line now is that the Braves will wait and see what’s up, but I’m having a hard time remembering a pitcher with Medlen’s diagnosis who actually just rested for a couple of weeks and then came back right as rain. If any of you can think of one please tell me, because right now I’m kind of depressed.

For the record, Medlen has been a swingman this year, and has an ERA of 3.68 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 21 walks in
107.2 innings.  He stuff and his maturity make me think he could be a pretty darn good regular starter one day.  Now that day is not likely to be until 2012 at the earliest.

  1. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 5, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Hello, Mike Minor.

  2. SDelMonte - Aug 5, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Dude, my heart goes out to you. And to Medlen, though I think he will be fine in the long run.
    Looks like this will be one of those Last Man Standing seasons in the East.

  3. walk - Aug 5, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Wasnt julio teheran diagnosed with a similiar injury this year? I believe he came back and pitched his portion, 5 and 2/3, of a combined no hitter yesterday. Im not sure if julio had the injury i just know it was a promising young braves pitcher not named medlen.

  4. nps6724 - Aug 5, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Vizcaino (guy Braves got with Melky from the Yanks) has an arm injury and is out for the year. Maybe him?

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