Kris Medlen allowed just one (unearned) run in seven innings as the Braves beat the Dodgers 3-1 on Saturday.
Medlen was superb, yielding just two hits and three walks while striking out five batters. It was a nice bounceback effort for the talented right-hander, who struggled on Sunday against the Giants. He will carry an improving 3.02 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into his next start against the light-hitting Mets.
Craig Kimbrel picked up an easy save Saturday as the Braves defeated the Dodgers at Turner Field.
Kimbrel used only 10 pitches in all and yet still struck out two of the three batters he faced. He's had some uncharacteristic struggles this year, but they were never all that concerning. The hard-throwing right-hander might be the best reliever in baseball.
Braves signed LHP Joe Beimel to a minor league contract.
Beimel is finally recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and could help the battered Atlanta bullpen down the line. The 36-year-old right-hander will presumably report to Triple-A Gwinnett.
An MRI taken Saturday on Eric O'Flaherty's left arm revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
That's the injury that almost always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. O'Flaherty will visit Dr. James Andrews next week and is likely out for the year. The Atlanta bullpen continues to take big hits.