Keep holding your breath, Braves fans.
The Atlanta Braves has made a formal announcement on the injury.
Right forearm strain for Kris Medlen (@KrisMedlen54) as he left today's game, pending further evaluation back at Disney tomorrow.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 9, 2014
While this is certainly great news, we’re not out of the woods yet. It has been noted that Kris Medlen was evaluated by a Mets doctor, and it would be best to wait for an MRI result to fully diagnose. The elbow and forearm are closely related, after all.
Although it is slightly encouraging that the apparent area of discomfort is the forearm, it is no injury to take lightly either. Hopefully Medlen will recover in time to make his speculated Opening Day start. If Medlen were to be disabled, it would only further solidify a roster spot for Freddy Garcia, likely in the rotation. Garcia was already a prime bullpen candidate for the Braves as a long reliever.
Mike Minor could be in line to start Opening Day if Medlen is unable to pitch. Following him would likely be Julio Teheran, Brandon Beachy, Alex Wood, and Freddy Garcia. The Braves, never short on pitching depth, also have rookie David Hale who looks to be Major League ready, alongside the newly signed Gavin Floyd on the mend from his own Tommy John surgery. It has been speculated that Floyd could be ready as early as May.
Kris Medlen exited today’s Spring Training game against the Mets after 3 2/3rds innings with an apparent elbow injury.
Will update the story as news progresses. Although it has not been formally announced, Medlen would have been in line to start Opening Day for the Braves. Medlen missed the end of the 2010 and virtually all of the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on the same elbow.
Below is an animated gif of his last two pitches per Jason Collete. Click the GIF to play, and keep your cursor held over the GIF to view the whole thing.