Medlen will be further evaluated before learning whether surgery is necessary

Kris Medlen realizes he has not completely escaped the danger zone.  But for now, he can at least continue hoping to avoid undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery for the second time in four years.   <p>

Results of an MRI exam performed on Monday show some damage around the ulnar collateral ligament in Medlen’s elbow.  But Braves manager Frank Wren said Medlen will undergo further evaluation before it is determine the significance of the damage.  <p>

“The MRI does show some involvement with the ligament,” Wren said. “We don’t know the extent yet.  He’s going to have continued test and he’s probably going to have a second opinion.  So for us to put  a complete diagnosis on it now would be premature.”   <p>

Medlen’s MRI results were complicated by the fact it is hard to produce a clear image of the ligament after a pitcher has already undergone one Tommy John surgery.   <p>

“MRIs on previous Tommy John (patients) are not as clear and not as precise,” Wren said. “I think that is why you have to do a little more evaluation.”

Medlen was preparing to speak to the media on Tuesday when  the Braves medical staff learned an opportunity had arisen for him to undergo another evaluation.  Consequently, Medlen had to leave before expressing his thoughts regarding this update.  <p>

Wren said he expects Medlen to be evaluated by Dr. James Andrews later this week.  Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on Medlen on Aug. 18, 2010.  <p>

1 Comment

No sense in crying over spilled milk. But the fact is the Braves need to do everything possible to bring in Ervin Santana. With Meds likely out and the chances of Beachy putting in a full season at less than 50%, a move is a necessity.

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