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Kris Medlen Leaves Game Early After Being Hit by Comebacker

March 14th, 2013 at 8:59 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves got quite a scare Wednesday afternoon in their Grapefruit League win over the Miami Marlins when Kris Medlen left the game after being hit by a line drive. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Medlen will make his next scheduled start.

With two down in the fifth inning, former Brave Casey Kotchman drilled a liner up the middle that hit Medlen's right forearm near the elbow, prompting Gonzalez to remove him from the game. Jonny Venters got the final out of the inning by getting Chris Valaika to ground out.

"I feel fine," Medlen told "It started to tighten up a little bit after I iced it the first time. … It's tightening up a tad bit, but I don't expect any changes in scheduling or anything like that."

Medlen gave up only two hits over 4 2/3 innings, and it just happens that both hits hit him. He gave up a single to Rob Brantly in the fourth inning that ricocheted off his left foot.

Regardless, Medlen's start was only shortened by one out; Gonzalez just felt like playing it safe.

"He had one more out, so there was no sense messing around," Gonzalez said. "He was really sharp. I think we dodged a bullet there."

If the Braves go with a straight five-man rotation this deep into Spring Training, Medlen would start Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies

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

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