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Atlanta Braves’ Kris Medlen: “I Don’t Want to Go to the Bullpen”

July 24th, 2013 at 8:08 AM
By Cody Fields

Kris Medlen may be standing down the barrel of a trip to the Atlanta Braves' bullpen, but he definitely has no desire to do so, even with his season-long struggles.

Medlen's loss to the New York Mets on Tuesday dropped his season record to 6-10, and his 3.78 ERA isn't indicative of his inconsistency. Medlen has given up two or fewer runs eight times this season, but he's also failed to get through the sixth inning seven times.

After Tuesday's loss, Medlen is 0-3 with an 8.59 ERA in his last three starts, and he was honest on where he wants to be in the Braves' pitching plans.

"I said I don't want to go to the pen, but I didn't say I wouldn't go to the pen," Medlen said after the game.

Medlen partially blames a mechanical problem he's been battling all season that he also attempted to correct over the All-Star break.

"You know, I care and I’m trying, and I’m making adjustments," Medlen said.

Regardless of his personal feelings and preferences, Medlen is willing to do whatever the Braves ask of him.

"If that’s where they feel I’ll be most effective to help the team win, then obviously I’m going to do that," Medlen said.

With Alex Wood starting Thursday's game and Brandon Beachy on schedule to start Monday, it's likely Medlen will at least get one more start on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

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Tags: Alex Wood, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, MLB, New York Mets

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One Response to “Atlanta Braves’ Kris Medlen: “I Don’t Want to Go to the Bullpen””

  1.  Hanna Fields says:

    Medlen has some problems, but they’re exaggerated by the lack of support he’s getting from our offense. Simmons is right. We can’t keep leaving men stranded and depending on home runs for wins.

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