The Toronto Blue Jays not only beat the Braves 3-0 Wednesday night. They delivered a knockout blow to Braves starter Kris Medlen in the second inning.
With runners on second and third, Blue Jays’ second baseman Emilio Bonifacio hit a shot off Medlen’s right calf that he legged out for a hit.
When play stopped, Medlen walked gingerly around the mound, and after the Braves trainer came out and spoke with him, he pronounced that he was ready.
Medlen finished off the second inning, but was unable to come out of the dugout to pitch the third.
“I’ve been hit by a lot of balls in my life, playing shortstop and all, but that was one of the hardest I’ve ever felt,” Medlen said. “I knew right away that I’d have to come out, but I just wanted to get through the inning. I know how tough it is for the bullpen to do something like they did tonight. They picked me up big time.”
Braves catcher Brian McCann had no doubt that Medlen would come out of the game after he absorbed the blast to the back of his leg.
“He got smoked right above the calf and it is hard to do anything when you get hit there,” McCann said. “
According to Medlen, he won’t be given any testing between now and his next start, and he feels he should be ready to go.