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Paul Maholm throws simulated game, nearing rehab assignment

Aug 12, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

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The first-place Braves haven’t missed Paul Maholm much since he landed on the disabled list last month with a bruised left wrist, but he’s on track to rejoin the starting rotation soon.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Maholm made it through a simulated game this afternoon with no issues. The next step will be a minor league rehab assignment, which could set him up to be activated as soon as next Thursday against the Cardinals.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he is still thinking over how he will handle Maholm’s return, with a six-man rotation among the possibilities. This could be a way to give Julio Teheran some extra rest down the stretch.

Maholm, 31, has a 4.41 ERA and 82/36 K/BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings through 20 starts this season. He has a 5.33 ERA in 17 starts since beginning the year with three consecutive scoreless outings.

  1. scdocal - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    The only way I want him back is if he does well and we go to a 6 man rotation to limit some young guys innings. I don’t want any of our starters being moved to the pen for Maholm.

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