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Kris Medlen's Move To Rotation Contingent On No Trade For Starting Pitcher

It looks like the Braves are prepared to go with plan B and insert Kris Medlan into the starting rotation in place of the struggling Jair Jurrjens. In reality it isn't a bad option given that the Braves are 14-4 in 18 career starts made by Medlen. The problem is that Medlen hasn't started since 2010 when he suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.

The Braves have been active in trade negotiations for a veteran starter and continue to look. If they are able to acquire one then Medlen would likely remain in the bullpen.

"I'm really excited, don't get me wrong, but a lot of things can change. I know they're looking for a veteran dude or whatever. But you know me, I'm more than willing to be the one to try it out, especially ending my chance in the rotation with Tommy John [surgery], I think I made the most of my chance that I got with that. I think I showed them that I could do pretty much anything when it comes to pitching."

Atlanta was close to acquiring Ryan Dempster from the Cubs before the veteran pitcher vetoed the deal. The Braves were also involved in talks with the Milwaukee Brewers for Zack Greinke before he was traded to the Angels.

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