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Kris Medlen to have Tommy John surgery Tuesday; Brandon Beachy going for second opinion

Mar 17, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

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The following news doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s now official. According to Mark Bowman of, Braves right-hander Kris Medlen will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery tomorrow.

This will be the second Tommy John surgery of Medlen’s young career. He previously had the procedure in August of 2010 and made it back to the majors in September of 2011. The Braves were widely praised for how they handled Medlen’s workload in 2012, first using him out of the bullpen before transitioning him to the rotation. After posting a 3.11 ERA over a career-high 197 innings last season, he was being counted on to serve as Atlanta’s ace this year, but now he has another long rehab ahead of him. Getting him back at some point during the first half next year is probably the best-case scenario.

In other injured Braves starting pitcher news, Brandon Beachy is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles tomorrow to get a second opinion on his elbow. He could soon be headed for a second Tommy John surgery of his own.

  1. chill1184 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Is it me or is it just odd how so many starters are getting injured this season?

  2. atlsportingreports - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

  3. Jonny 5 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    So does the first opinion have to become secret just because he’s going for a second opinion?

    • emdash01 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      If he’s going for a second opinion, I’d put pretty good odds on the first opinion being that he needs another surgery.

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Gloom, Despair and Agony for the Braves.

    • bravojawja - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      And it’s not even October yet!

  5. 13yrsmlbvet - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    When you have 2 pitchers go thru TJ surgery twice you are not preparing your guys physically the way it should be done. There has to be one consistent methodology in arm care that includes player, pitching coach, strength coach and training staff input. There is clearly a disconnect with the Braves.

    • Reflex - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Braves handled Medlen and Beachy well. But all the handling in the world won’t fix the fact that both of them use a throwing motion that is highly correlated to elbow problems and TJS.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Your comments are ridiculous. There are guys in every organization having Tommy John surgery every year. It has nothing to do with what the Braves (or any other team) are doing or not doing.

    • chc4 - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      You are a dope.

  6. sportsfan18 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Wow, from pitching being a strength to now no room for error and the season hasn’t even begun yet…

    Fans, teams take guys for granted… Maddux threw OVER 5,000 innings in his career… that is RARE folks. He took the ball game after game and threw 200 plus innings after 200 plus innings (well over many times)…

    Pedro Martinez WAS an outstanding pitcher, one of the best ever… his numbers are amazing. But people aren’t comparing apples to apples when comparing Pedro’s numbers to one like Maddux’s…

    Pedro ONLY threw 2,827 innings to over 5,000 innings for Maddux.

    How do any of us know how Pedro would done pitching almost another 1,300 innings? As one ages, they aren’t as effective. Maddux’s numbers certainly tailed off his last several seasons, seasons which Pedro did NOT pitch.

    I’m not faulting Pedro at all. His highs were higher than Greg’s and I tip my cap to him. An all time great is Pedro. But his career numbers would have taken a turn for the worse had he pitched more and for longer… how much we’ll never know.

    Many put Tom Glavine down, said Curt Schilling was a better pitcher. Again, same argument.

    In 22 seasons, Schilling threw 3,261 innings. In Glavine’s 22 seasons, he threw 4,413 innings.

    A team wants their staff, their 5 man rotation to make EVERY start in a season, in a perfect world. Something Maddux and Glavine did often.

    When a Schilling is NOT able to take the ball, a lesser pitcher took the ball from him and took the mound. The team wanted Schilling to pitch but he was only able to take the ball three quarters of the time that Glavine did and that does matter.

    Again, Schilling’s highs were higher than Glavine’s, but Glavine was able to help his team out MORE due to taking the ball so much more and pitching a LOT more innings, not just a few more.

    Braves, you’ll be lucky to ever have two such pitchers again for a ten yr period or so like Maddux and Glavine…

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      I’d like to think most fans are reasonable enough not to need these injuries to realize how fortunate the Braves were to have the pitching staffs they had in the 90s.

  7. leylandshospicenurse - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    If Dr. Andrews says your arm is busted, odds are it’s busted.

  8. robreg22 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    What a sad, sad day to be a Braves fan

  9. President Charles Logan - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    im not happy about this but it is what it is and the braves will march on and be fine

  10. bravestomahawkchamp - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    Fair weather fans go ahead and take the wagon elsewhere. Meanwhile I’ll get behind my team no matter what. Hope these guys have successful surgeries and get on the road to recovery

  11. uskbms02 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Did the Braves just get lucky in guessing not to offer Medlen a long term contract one to Teheran? Certainly they had no knowledge Meds would get hurt in spring training.

    • bravojawja - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Or Beachy, either. Then again, both had had TJ surgery before, so perhaps that was in the team’s mind when it didn’t sign those guys long term. It wasn’t the expectation of catastrophic injury, but the past experience of it.

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