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The Braves option Kris Medlen triple-A, call up Jose Constanza

May 29, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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When you’ve lost eight straight and two of your young starters are sucking eggs, you gotta do something. Today the Braves did, sending Kris Medlen down to triple-A Gwinnett and calling up outfielder Jose Constanza.

Now, Medlen is not one of the ones who has been sucking eggs. Indeed, he’s been just fine in a relief role.  His demotion is to stretch him out so that he may convert to starting duties, which he’s never done full-time, though he has seen some swingman duties. The egg-sucker-in-chief is Mike Minor.  Randall Delgado hasn’t been tearing it up either. Julio Teheran is another starter possibility apart from Medlen.

As for Constanza, oy, here we go again. Last year a couple of fluky weeks by him led manager Fredi Gonzalez to bench Jason Heyward for long stretches. Heyward has hit only .205 for the month of May, so I would not be at all shocked if we see a ton of Constanza time going forward.

  1. illcomm - May 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Braves. ol’ the Braves. Unable to compete without Chipper.

  2. natstowngreg - May 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    As I recall, Medlen was being used as a reliever in Atlanta before his injury, but was expected to become a starter eventually. It was just delayed a couple of years. So I don’t see this as a sign of panic. Panic would be bringing up Teheran before he’s ready or re-signing Kenshin Kawakami, or something like that.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Panic would have been contacting the Indians about getting Derek Lowe back, after all they are paying about 2/3s of his salary.

      • natstowngreg - May 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        “…or something like that…” included re-acquiring Lowe.

  3. rcali - May 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM


  4. vanmorrissey - May 29, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Let’s see, believe Peavy tore the lat away from the bone and was gone for the year and Huston Street currently on DL with the strained lat, another 6 week or so injury. So the projection is about right. Cole, how much do you want to stay in Philly name your price? Oh, wait, Ryan and Chase and Doc leaves about $60 million on the DL. Can the Phils afford Cole, but the real question can they NOT afford to be without him?

  5. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Not only is Fredi immediately giving Constanza a start, but he’s hitting the pitcher eighth so he can employ the shrewd double-leadoff man lineup. I’m sure this will bear all sorts of deliciously ripe and juicy fruit.

    At least it’s just Juan Francisco sitting down in favor of the bat licker. Martin Prado will shift from left field to third base.

    Now that I’ve bitched about it, though, I’m sure the Braves will score eight or nine runs tonight and Fredi will be further convinced, despite all the telltale signs to the contrary, that Jose Constanza is a major league caliber baseball player. I don’t really care, though, as long as this losing streak ends.

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