After hearing that the Atlanta Braves have evaluated Kris Medlen’s MRI of his right forearm and elbow, it is most certain that the young pitcher will have his second Tommy John surgery.
David O’Brien mentioned on Twitter that Medlen’s MRI came back showing “some involvement of the ligament.” With that news, the team is seeking a second opinion through the famed surgeon (and the doctor that performed Medlen’s Tommy John surgery) Dr. James Andrews.
What is even more weird about the whole situation with the injury is the fact that it took the team over 24 hours to review his MRI the first time, which came back with so little information that the team is having to seek a second opinion. It is known by teams that it can be difficult to read some MRIs after a player has had Tommy John surgery in the past. It’s just hard to believe that the team could tell very little about the pitcher’s arm.
However, as the days have passed, the more the reality is setting in. Twitter was on fire Tuesday, with media reporting everything from the idea that it’s highly likely he will have the surgery to Medlen telling one writer that he felt it happen two pitches before he exited the game, yet threw two more pitches in denial of injury.
To make up for the loss of Medlen, the Braves signed the top free agent pitcher left on the market, Ervin Santana. If Brandon Beachy is not healthy for the beginning of the season, veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia or young star Alex Wood will have to step up and fill out the rotation.