Jul 20, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm reacts after giving up a grand slam to Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios (not pictured) during the third inning at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Injury Update: Paul Maholm **UPDATE**

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm, who is on the disabled list with a left wrist contusion, threw an extended bullpen session prior to Friday’s game against the Marlins, according to MLB.com.  Maholm has been out since July 20 with a left wrist bruise, is expected to need one more bullpen session and likely a simulated game Monday, before the team opts to send him out on a minor-league  rehab assignment shortly, barring any setbacks.

Jun 23, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Maholm pitches in the 1st inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

“We’ll see how he throws this weekend on the side and see what he needs after that,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.  “My thinking is he may need (to throw) some BP or a sim(ulated) game, or maybe even a couple of innings in a rehab start before we run him back out there to face live major league hitters.”

The question marks look to be rising again about the Braves rotation now that Maholm is getting closer to being healthy.  Right now, I would say Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Kris Medlen are set to stay in the rotation.  Leaving Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood the question marks.  With every start, Beachy has improved but it seems the same with Wood.  If I’m in the front office’s shoes, I’d leave the rotation the way it is even with a healthy Maholm.
Sounds like a Triple-A Gwinnett start will happen this week.  Gwinnett has home games Monday-Friday of this week, starting a series with the Durham Bulls on Tuesday.

“I’m not a very good DL patient so I’m going to push it,” Maholm said.  “But I also understand the team is playing well and I don’t want to go out there and not be 100 percent and have a setback.  So my goal is going to be to get that rotation spot the next time around, but we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

 

Threw a bullpen today and look forward to being part of the fun again.

Had a great bullpen today and it was awesome to see Huddy back in the clubhouse. Lets keep #streaking

 

….And Mike Minor having some fun with Paul…

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#Braves Maholm pitched 6 simulated innings.

#Braves Fredi G said hasn’t decided how to work Maholm back in, still about 9-10 days before he’d pitch in real game.

#Braves Fredi G said they could start Maholm and skip a starter for rest. Or possible 6-man rotation, though seems reluctant to do that

@Rohlcopy Maholm faced Janish and Terdoslavich in six simulated innings on the field.

 

 

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  • Matthew Jones

    It’ll be interesting to see if Maholm will be a better pitcher now that he’s been able to rest some. It seemed like he had another injury besides his wrist before. Also, wonder if the Braves will wait the two weeks until September callups to all Maholm back.

  • fireboss

    I’m going to come off sounding like I don’t appreciate Alex Wood and that is far from the truth. I am however a little bemused by the bandwagon of supporters who look at his numbers in isolation and say front line ready now. He simply is not. The Rockies melted down after the Braves put up that crooked number and stopped having good at bats. The Fish are not a good team and without Stanton that night were worse. Wood should have dominated them. The Mets aren’t a good team either but they grind out at bats. They pushed Wood over 20 pitches an inning in both games. Good teams will do that and Wood will look like Randall Delgado against them.

    I’m not a Maholm fan and I expect the Braves to stall as long as possible. Three rehab starts will make him a September call up though I don;t know if they can or would stall a veteran and good soldier like him that long. As to trading him; that isn’t happening who would want a 6 week rental of a 5th starter now that Bub Norris is off the table – boy was that an awful signing. Maholm might be better now that he’s rested and that would be good because we may need him. Wood against the Dodgers, Tigers, Rangers, and their ilk is a child amongst men. Sending him out to get his brains beat in isn’t something I’d look forward to doing. Maholm is no better but I don’t care much about his growth, he has none left as a Braves…. I hope.

    • cheadrick

      Fred, I agree, mostly, but I think the jury is out. I don’t think anyone can say he is definitely ready, but by the same token, you cannot say he is not ready except going on traditional views of when a pitcher should be brought up. There are phenoms. He has not shown that kind of prowess, but he may be fine. I agree that generally, you hope to avoid the problems that are often caused by bringing a pitcher up too early, and I have guarded optimism when talking about Wood. The fact right now is, he might be a better choice than Maholm when thinking about trying to win a series. Is that smart or wise long term? No, but it might be wise for now, and the Braves haven’t always shown they care (nor any other org. for that matter) about long term. I still personally lean toward thinking Maholm (or a waiver starter) would be better than Wood, but not necessarily in terms of any “Wood can’t cut it” belief, but more in terms of protecting the young pitcher. I would prefer to protect Wood rather than do whatever it takes to get to October. If Maholm can’t cut it, then you can turn to Wood in the absence of a waiver claim.

      • fireboss

        Essentially we agree, I’m all for protecting Wood and with our lead I see no issue with starting Maholm. We have 6 weeks left and give or take that’s 5 starts against opposition Maholm should beat. Post season neither is a starter. Minor Teheran Medlen or Beachy if he finds control between now and then. All that talk about Beachy never relieved should carry the caveate with for the Braves. His two working pitched would make him Wainwright-esque as a bullpen arm.
        I’m not sure anyone has shown anything wrong with taking your time with a pitcher. Rushing them up has almost certainly caused arm issues we didn’t see before. Sure Jose Fernandez like prodigies make it but Wood isn’t that. Nothing teaches pitching like pitching but there are a lot of cases of pitchers being rushed and failing who never come back or like Jeremy Bonderman took years to get back as a reliever.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    AFTERNOON UPDATE

    David O’Brien @ajcbraves
    #Braves Maholm pitched 6 stimulated innings, all went well. Probably will have just 1 rehab start.

    Kevin McAlpin ‏@KevinMcAlpin
    Paul Maholm threw a 6 inning sim game today. Fredi said he looked good. Next step likely 1 rehab start. #Braves