Gwinnett Stretching Out Medlen To Become Starter

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The Atlanta Braves want to turn Kris Medlen into a starting pitcher, so they have reassigned the big leaguer to Triple-A Gwinnett to stretch him out. The right-hander has been with the Braves since the 2009 season as a middle reliever and an occasional spot-starter. In fact, during the 2010 season Medlen started 14 games for Atlanta and registered a 6-2 record with a 3.68 ERA. The Braves are hoping that the righty can continue that success over the course of an entire Major League season.

This season with the Atlanta Braves, Medlen is 1-1 with a 3.49 ERA amidst 28.1 innings of work. The righty has surrendered 11 runs on 27 hits while he has struck out 17 batters while walking just seven.

The move was obviously made to allow Medlen the proper time to stretch out as a starting pitcher in Gwinnett, instead of trying to re-tool at the Major League level. He shouldn’t be down in Gwinnett for very long, but Medlen will be here as long as it takes for him to get his strength back to go deeper into game’s.

Medlen’s first appearance as a starting pitcher for the G-Braves will occur on Saturday night against the second place Charlotte Knights. It will be a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch from Coolray Field, as the right-hander is set for a difficult match-up against a potent Triple-A line-up. However, since it’s just his first start the G-Braves will be very cautious with him. Medlen is predicted to throw either four innings or 60 pitches, whichever happens first.

By: Tony Piraro

1 Comment

Hope he can provide some stability to the Atlanta rotation.

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