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Back to the Grind: Things Looking Up for Braves?

The Atlanta Braves woke up against the Florida Marlins after dropping game one of the series. They rallied to win game 2 and 3 lead by the hot-hitting Alex Gonzalez, the hopefully hot-hitting Brian McCann and Dan Uggla. They got solid pitching performances by rookies Mike Minor and Randall Delgado. They have the slumping New York Mets headed into town today to start a three game series against their division rival.

They had an off day yesterday to rest and get ready for the series against the Mets. They got some positive news on two fronts that I want to pass along to you:

1. Tommy Hanson threw another bullpen session on Wednesday and had no pain or problems. This was the last hurdle for Hanson. He will go pitch in the Instructional League setting against live-hitters. If all goes well, the plan is to get him a start before the season ends. But, he has to pitch in the regular season in order to make a playoff start.

2. Kris Medlen has taken giant strides in his quest to return to the Braves. After experiencing a setback in August and being shutdown for 6 weeks, I thought we would have to wait until 2012 to see him back in Atlanta. The progress he has made recently, though, has given hope and optimism that he could be pitching for the Braves by the end of the season and hopefully in the playoffs. The Braves could definitely use him in their bullpen, as Scott Linebrink has been horrible.

Keep it going, guys. Beat the Mets and squash the St. Louis Cardinals’ hopes of overtaking you! One win at a time!