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Kris Medlen Swaps Atlanta Braves Rotation Spot with Paul Maholm, Moves to Fifth

July 15th, 2013 at 3:49 PM
By Cody Fields

With Kris Medlen and his mechanical issues, the Atlanta Braves have swapped his spot in the starting rotation with Paul Maholm, Dave O'Brien tweets.


Medlen's move to the fifth spot in the rotation would conceivably make it easier for the Braves to move him to the bullpen with Brandon Beachy's return on the horizon. General manager Frank Wren has also said that they'd like Alex Wood, whenever he returns to Atlanta from the minors, to come back as a starter as opposed to a reliever.

After going 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA in 12 starts in 2012, Medlen has fought mechanical problems to a 6-9 record with a 3.64 ERA. That isn't awful by itself, but he has a 5.35 ERA in his last six starts and opponents have hit .327 in that period.

This shows the Braves are serious about their run to the postseason this year and won't slow down for sentimental reasons, no matter how well Medlen is liked. Here's hoping he can turn things around.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Kris Medlen, MLB, Paul Maholm

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