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Kris Medlen expects to have another Tommy John surgery

Mar 12, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Kris Medlen AP

There’s been no official announcement yet because he’s seeking a second opinion, but Braves right-hander Kris Medlen told reporters today that he expects to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery.

Medlen injured his elbow on a pitch Sunday and actually remained in the game for two more pitches, but eventually exited after bouncing a ball to the plate while clearly in pain. He’s already had one Tommy John surgery in his career, so Medlen admitted that staying in the game was mostly him being frustrated and in denial.

His injury–along with fellow Atlanta starters Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor also being hurt–is a big part of why the Braves signed Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million deal this morning. Medlen was one of the NL’s best starters in both 2012 and 2013, combining to throw 335 innings with a 2.47 ERA and 277/70 K/BB ratio after coming back from the first surgery. Going under the knife a second time would cost him all of 2014 and potentially part of 2015 as well.

  1. jbriggs81 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    So who will be in the starting rotation now besides Teheran and Santana?

    • El Bravo - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      I’m thinking of trying out. I have a sweet 50mph split finger and a nasty 20 mph change-up.

      • realgone2 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        I’m trying out to. I’m just gonna spray mist in the Batter’s faces like Great Muta.

    • brownsbravescanes - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Minor and Beachy aren’t gonna be out long term. Beyond that you have Alex Wood, Freddy Garcia, David Hale, and the newly acquired Zach Stewart. Gavin Floyd around June,

  2. El Bravo - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh why oh why?

  3. ch0psuey - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Bad news, sorry Braves fans feel for ya, Medlan was fun to watch last year.

    • ch0psuey - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      *Medlen

  4. leylandshospicenurse - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    so we start the year with Teheran, Santana, Wood, Garcia, Hale and hopefully in a month have a rotation of Teheran, Minor, Santana, Beachy, Floyd/Wood. Wood’s innings limit aside, I think he should have the spot over Floyd.

  5. chacochicken - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Sure am glad my fantasy league hasn’t drafted yet. Dodged that bullet.

    • yahmule - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Go get Sweaty Freddy. He’s gonna party like its 1999.

  6. realgone2 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    That sucks. Kris is a cool guy.

  7. phillysports1 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Good !

    • jrbdmb - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Typical Philly asshole.

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