Kris Medlen SP ATL 12 Days

Medlen (elbow) is expected to resume throwing in two and a half weeks, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Now close to five months removed from his second career Tommy John surgery, Medlen's spirits are high as he counts the days until he's cleared to pick up a baseball again. The right-hander said there's no doubt in his mind he'll be back at some point next season, but the question is whether it will be with the Braves, as there's a chance the team could non-tender him.

Kris Medlen SP ATL 5 Months

Braves transferred RHP Kris Medlen from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Medlen, of course, underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month. He'll obviously miss the 2014 season but should make it back early on in 2015.

Kris Medlen SP ATL 5 Months

Kris Medlen is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday on his right elbow.

It was an inevitable outcome for the 28-year-old right-hander, who had his first Tommy John procedure in August 2010 and is now facing another 12-month recovery period. Medlen will not pitch at all in 2014 and might have to miss the early part of the 2015 campaign as well. The Braves have been hit with multiple haymakers this spring.

Kris Medlen SP ATL 6 Months

Kris Medlen (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

Medlen is pretty much resigned to the fact that he'll need Tommy John surgery, but he won't make a final decision until after he meets with Dr. Andrews. It would be the right-hander's second Tommy John procedure.

Kris Medlen SP ATL 6 Months

Kris Medlen will undergo at least one more evaluation before undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Braves' medical staff is out of town at a convention, which has delayed the process. Medlen told the media that he knew he needed Tommy John surgery as soon as his final pitch Sunday left his hand. His Tuesday stress X-ray essentially indicated the same thing.

Kris Medlen SP ATL 6 Months

Kris Medlen told the media Wednesday morning that he's spent the past couple days preparing himself to undergo a second Tommy John surgery.

The Braves have done the same, importing veteran starter Ervin Santana on Wednesday. "Nothing official yet but he has accepted that he's almost certainly going to need TJ surgery," reports Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It's unfortunate news, but few are equipped to deal with it like Medlen, lauded for his makeup. He missed nearly all of the 2011 season while coming back from his first Tommy John surgery and returned to log a 2.47 ERA over 335 frames in 2012-2013.

Kris Medlen SP ATL 6 Months

Kris Medlen is undergoing a second opinion on his right arm Tuesday morning.

Medlen's MRI on Monday disclosed ligament damage. To what extend, we aren't yet sure. Dr. James Andrews was preparing to give Medlen a second opinion, but he's been jumped in line. Braves general manager Frank Wren said Medlen will be evaluated by the vaunted practitioner later this week. "For us to put a complete diagnosis on it now would be premature," Wren said. Medlen missed nearly all of the 2011 season while coming back from Tommy John surgery and returned to log a dynamite 2.47 ERA over 335 innings the past two campaigns.

Kris Medlen SP ATL 6 Months

An MRI on Kris Medlen's right arm revealed "some involvement of the ligament."

"Involvement" is a generous reading of "damage." Dr. James Andrews is expected to examine the limb in question and proffer a second opinion. Andrews, Atlanta fans probably grimace to recall, performed Medlen's previous Tommy John surgery. Arm MRI's are notoriously difficult to read after the procedure, so the famous doctor's involvement makes sense. Medlen left his Grapefruit League appearance Sunday against the Mets after experiencing pain after a fourth-inning pitch. It's too soon to speculate on Medlen's 2014 status, but none of this is good news.

Kris Medlen SP ATL 6 Months

Kris Medlen underwent a scheduled MRI on his right arm Monday afternoon.

The Braves' medical staff will review the results and should narrow down a diagnosis by Tuesday morning. Medlen left his Grapefruit League appearance Sunday against the Mets after suffering some sort of arm injury on a fourth-inning pitch. It's being called a right forearm strain for now. Medlen, 28, owns a spectacular 2.47 ERA in 335 innings since the start of the 2012 season.

Kris Medlen SP ATL 6 Months

Kris Medlen shut out the Nationals for three innings in his start on Tuesday.

Medlen allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three against a lineup that included five regulars. He's allowed one run in five innings on the spring.