Just over a week ago the Braves rotation was being led by Brandon Beachy, who was one of the best stories in all of baseball. Beachy signed with the Braves as an undrafted free agent and quickly worked his way up to the big league club. In just his second year he was tied for the National League lead in ERA and led the league in batting average against.
Then last weekend Beachy's elbow went and he has already undergone Tommy John Surgery, which will keep him out for the rest of the year and part of next year as well. The loss is huge to the Braves, who had some issues with the back end of their rotation already and couldn't afford to lose their best and most consistent pitcher.
While it's hard to move on from such a big injury, it must be done if the club wants to reach the playoffs this season. The Braves have plenty of internal options, from Jair Jurrjens and Todd Redmond, who had both been up following the injury, plus top prospect Julio Teheran and current reliever Kris Medlen.
This article takes a look at why Kris Medlen could be the best replacement for Beachy over the rest of the talented candidates.