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Kris Medlen back with Braves following Tommy John surgery

Sep 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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The Braves have a new weapon for their bullpen just in time for the postseason.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves have activated right-hander Kris Medlen from the 60-day disabled list.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. It looked like he was done for the season after suffering a setback in his rehab earlier this summer, but he was able to throw two innings in the Braves’ instructional league earlier this week. If he impresses over the next few days, he could be included in the Braves’ bullpen should they reach the postseason.

Medlen, who turns 26 next month, has a 3.90 ERA and 155/51 K/BB ratio over 175 1/3 innings in the majors. He had a 3.68 ERA and 81/23 K/BB ratio over 14 starts and 17 relief appearances last season before suffering a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

  1. Graves - Sep 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    That’s some uplifting stuff right there. Things sounded pretty rough for the kid after the setback. Good to see him make it back with a shot to have a big impact for the club.

  2. jimbo1949 - Sep 24, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    should they reach the postseason
    .
    up 2, 4 to play………………hack, hack, hack, hack, gag.

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