Minor League Injury Report
Blaine Boyer threw a live batting practice this morning at the Braves' complex in Florida. He threw about 30 pitches and it went very well. The Braves expect him to pitch one inning in an Extended game on Thursday and then maybe two innings Saturday. If all goes well Boyer could be sent to Triple-A Richmond by the beginning of next week.
Phil Stockman had some tearing of the scar tissue from the surgery he had on his hamstring area back in January. It's also caused some discomfort in his lower back (glut) area. The Braves hope he'll only be out another week, but they want to make sure he'll be good to go.
Lee Hyde has some discomfort near his elbow. They are calling it a strained muscle/tendon right above the elbow. It might just be some inflammation due to fatigue. The Braves are going to be careful with him. While he may begin throwing in a few days, there is going to be no reason to rush him.
Rich Scalamandre is on the Richmond disabled list with some right shoulder discomfort. The MRI on his shoulder was negative, so the Braves are just going to let him rest a bit.
Paul Bush is also on the Richmond DL but with an elbow strain. The Braves hope he can be back soon.
Jose Santiago has some discomfort in his shoulder. He's back in Orlando trying to strengthen his arm, but there's no timetable on his return.
Kris Medlen returned to action Monday night with Rome. He's battled some elbow tendonitis a bit since spring training, but he's feeling good now.
J.C. Holt's recovery from a pulled hamstring has gone so well that he might be back in the lineup as soon as this weekend. He's at Extended Spring Training now and the Braves are hopeful he'll be ready to go in a few days.
Eric Campbell will take a little while longer as he recovers from a grade one sprain of his thumb. Campbell is still in a cast and will probably need two weeks after he gets out of the cast to prepare for a return. The Braves are hopeful he'll be back that last week in May.
Matt Young also sprained his thumb, but his injury was not as severe as Campbell's thumb injury. He's now in a removable cast and should be back a bit sooner than Campbell.
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