The Atlanta Braves have struggled to find consistent pitching this year, especially during their eight-game losing streak. In the wake of Kris Medlen and his recent struggles, the club announced Tuesday that he had been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett with the goal of reconverting him to a starting pitcher.
The 26-year-old pitcher will likely make two or three starts before building up his stamina and stretching out his arm enough to be ready for a big league start.
Medlen has struggled in his last 12 appearances. He has compiled a 5.65 ERA and opponents are hitting .281 off him.
Though it would somewhat weaken the bullpen, the Braves have called up Jose Constanza to fill Medlen's roster spot. Constanza gave the Braves a boost last August and gives additional depth to a depleted bench.
During his starts in the 2010, the Braves went 13-1 with Medlen throwing up a 3.86 ERA.
Once Medlen is ready to join the rotation, the Braves will have to remove someone from their role. Randall Delgado or Mike Minor seem to be the most logical choices.
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