Kris Medlen, another young player in the Atlanta system, has gotten the callup and will be the starting pitcher Thursday as the Braves take on the Rockies.
Although the Braves organization has high hopes for Medlen, he’s probably going to be a short-timer in the rotation. He takes the place of Jo-Jo Reyes, who is being sent to the bullpen, and likely will hold that position until Tommy Glavine is ready to take his place.
The 23-year-old Medlen was with Mississippi last year and helped the team with a Southern League championship. He holds the distinction of being (as far as I can recall) the only player I asked to pose foe a photo this year. I asked for a shot of him wearing his championship ring during the team’s ring ceremony at Spring Training. (That photo is on this blog somewhere . . .)
10 April 2008: RHP Kris Medlen (23) of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Mobile BayBears at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images
Update: Originally scheduled to start Tuesday, a shift in the Braves’ rotation now puts off his debut until Thursday. http://tinyurl.com/ppeel5