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Kris Medlen to Start Tuesday in Place of Jair Jurrjens

July 29th, 2012 at 2:54 PM
By Cody Fields

As scheduled, the Atlanta Braves will continue their search to externally upgrade their starting rotation, but on Tuesday it will be Kris Medlen making at least a spot start for Jair Jurrjens.

After Jurrjens seemingly reverted during his last two starts to the form of his first month this season to the tune of a 7.04 ERA, the Braves will finally make good on their effort to stretch out Medlen's arm in the minors earlier in the year and give him a shot in the rotation.

Medlen has not started in a game in the Major Leagues since having Tommy John surgery in 2010, but he has compiled a 2.48 ERA in 54 1/3 relief innings this year. In 18 Major League starts, Medlen is 6-2 with a 4.31 ERA.

"I'm really excited, don't get me wrong, but a lot of things can change," Medlen said on braves.com. "I know they're looking for a veteran dude or whatever. But I'm more than willing to try it out."

Medlen threw three innings on Wednesday and has already been stretched out at Triple-A Gwinnett, but Fredi Gonzalez said he will be limited to around 75 pitches to ease him into the starter's role.

Gonzalez also said that Jurrjens has been moved to the bullpen in a long relief role and that he took it well.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Fredi Gonzalez, Jair Jurrjens, Kris Medlen, MLB

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