SAN FRANCISCO -- At some point over the next four days, Madison Bumgarner will pick up a baseball, stand a few feet across from a member of the training staff, and simply play catch. It'll be a huge step in Bumgarner's rehab, and should it go well, a boost to the psyche of a struggling team. In the meantime, another lefty is making sure the Giants don't suffer too much without their ace, as improbable as that first seemed. Ty Blach took a shutout into the eighth Saturday night and in true Bumgarner fashion, he added a pair of hits and an RBI. The Giants beat the Braves 6-3. They've won Blach's past three starts, and even with a 10-run outing in Cincinnati mixed in, he has a 3.71 ERA since taking
Remember that infield hit by Jonathan Villar of the Brewers off Craig Kimbrel on May 11 in Milwaukee? Craig Kimbrels last 61 batters faced: 38 strikeouts, 0 walks, 0 HBP, 4 hits. Kimbrel, 28, has been one of baseball's best closers for years with the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres.
Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves announced former fan favorite, Kris Medlen, will be promoted to Double-A Mississippi. The comeback kid returns. The 5’10” 190lb right-hander spent the 2006-2014 seasons with the Braves, three of those seasons being plagued by Tommy John recovery. Medlen was traded to the Royals where they went on become World Series Champions in 2015. The championship glamor did not last long for Medlen. He was sidelined during the 2016 season with rotator cuff inflammation. In Atlanta, Medlen’s fan popularity surged in 2012 and 2013 with ace caliber outings. By the end of 2012, he possessed a 1.57 ERA in 50 games, 12 of them being starts. His performance was pivotal for the Braves’