Medlen thanks fans and confirms he plans to attempt to return from a second TJ surgery

Kris Medlen knew that he was destined for a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery as he walked off the mound during the fourth inning of his March 9 start against the Mets.  After enduring a wave of emotions for more than a week, Medlen received confirmation as he visited Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. on Monday.

When asked for a comment, Medlen sent this message which thanks fans for their outpouring of support and also confirms that he plans to attempt to beat the odds that face any pitcher who has had to undergo this surgical procedure two times.

MEDLEN’S RESPONSE: 

The news is obviously very tough but I knew when I walked off the mound mid inning what I had felt. The love and support I’ve felt from my family/teammates, (they go hand in hand), the Braves organization and braves fans everywhere really means the world to me and will definitely help me through all this. The part that blew me away this past week, were the comments and outreach that I received from other organizations, opponents, and the fans of baseball around the league. I’ve always tried to earn the respect of people based on myself as a person on and off the field and the response I’ve gotten after the last week is truly amazing. The same fans that curse at me while warming up in the opposing stadiums, reached out and let me know that they appreciate the way I play the game and that is just an unbelievable feeling. I approach this process with the same drive that I’ve had my entire life and will do everything I can to come back from this “thing” twice. Once, again thank you so much and Go Bravos!!!

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