Starting To End Up in The Pen

The puzzled look on Kris Medlen's face was probably to be expected. Summoned into his manager's office at Double-A Mississippi in early June, the Braves pitching prospect wondered what to make of his immediate future. At the time, he owned a nearly 5-something earned run average out of the bullpen and there was manager Phillip Wellman delivering the surprise news that the righthander should plan on pitching elsewhere—as in Mississippi's rotation, as a starter.

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