Kris Medlen shut down for six weeks after surgery setback

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Kris Medlen’s setback from Tommy John elbow surgery was initially deemed minor last month, but now Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves right-hander has been shut down for at least another six weeks.

General manager Frank Wren told Rogers that Medlen “is suffering from lingering soreness in his elbow and will now halt his throwing program until September at the earliest.”

In other words, odds are his next big-league appearance will come in 2012, which is a tough blow for a Braves bullpen that could use another reliable arm or two beyond the over-worked trio of Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, and Eric O’Flaherty.

The good news is that Dr. James Andrews’ recent examination concluded that Medlen’s surgically repaired ligament remains intact, so the Braves are hopeful some extra rest will do the trick. He went under the knife in mid-August of last year.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.