The Atlanta Braves were forced to work their understaffed bullpen more than they anticipated Wednesday night when Kris Medlen was hit in the leg by a comebacker. Atlanta's relief corps threw well, but the Braves also couldn't get the bats going in a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field.
Medlen was plunked in the left calf by line drive off the bat of Emilio Bonafacio with two outs in the second inning. He was able to complete a warm-up pitch, but Medlen gave up a walk and two-run single to Melky Cabrera before completing the inning.
That calf was later diagnosed as bruised, avoiding any major injuries, but Medlen was unable to come out for the third inning.
"He tried to stay in there," Fredi Gonzalez said on braves.com. "When you get hit in the muscle that high up, you start stiffening up a little bit. There was no sense running him out there any longer than that."
David Carpenter and Anthony Varvaro together threw five innings, and Jordan Walden threw a scoreless eighth in his return from the disabled list, but the Braves had only one base runner after the fourth inning in the form of Jordan Schafer's single in the eighth.
Freddie Freeman recorded two of the Braves' four hits on the night, including a triple to start the second inning, but he was thrown out at the plate on a dribbler by Juan Francisco.
After taking two days off to work on his swing, B.J. Upton predictably went 0-for-3 with a two strikeouts, throwing his bat and slamming his helmet to the ground after the second word.
"I'm just at a loss for words," Upton said.
Upton's .148 average is the worst in the big leagues, so we are too.
The Braves close out their two-game set with the Blue Jays Thursday at 7:10.
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