June 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) pitches in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Kris Medlen Does Not Want To Pitch Out Of Bullpen

Despite Kris Medlen the lone member of the Atlanta Braves rotation who has bullpen experience, the five year veteran wanted to make one thing clear to his team – he’s not up for being regulated to the ‘pen. Of course, despite voicing his displeasure, Medlen did say if it happened, it happened and he’d be a team player about it despite being unhappy in the role.

Per the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

“I’ll let it be known that I don’t want to go down there (to the bullpen),” Medlen said. “I don’t. At all. But it’s out of my hands. I mean, if it happens, obviously it happens. I’m a team player.”

Medlen, who is currently just 3-6 despite an impressive 2.87 ERA through 13 starts this year is a candidate to return to the bullpen once fellow starter Brandon Beachy comes off the disabled list later this month. Beachy of course has been out since the early part of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Beachy holds a career 3.07 ERA in 237.2 career innings and held a 2.00 ERA with a 0.69 WHIP prior to his injury last season.

Looks like a good problem to have, if you’re the Braves.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Brandon Beachy Kris Medlen MLB

  • K.W. Erwin

    Why can’t Beachy start out in the bullpen, like Medlen did, and work his way back in to the rotation, if, and when, he gets the opportunity?

    • zach

      Because he is the best pitcher that the braves have.

      • Halid

        Medlen is the best pitcher in mlb.

  • Joe

    I’d say trade Hudson to a borderline team like the rockies, royals, indians for a prospect. You’re still left with Beachy, Medlen, Minor, Teheran, and Maholm