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Medlen gets call up to Atlanta

Kris Medlen's rise to the majors happened about as fast at the right-hander talks.

Despite all the preseason hype surrounding top-prospect Tommy Hanson, it was the fast-throwing and speed-talking Medlen who got the word Friday that he will be called up for a start with Atlanta on Tuesday against Colorado. The Gwinnett Braves' starter will replace Jo-Jo Reyes in Atlanta's rotation. Reyes will throw from the Atlanta bullpen.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic, I can't wait," said Medlen, who called his parents immediately after he found out. "I am looking forward to starting on Tuesday. I am kind of speechless, it was completely unexpected."

Medlen and Reyes have been tied together all season. Medlen moved from the G-Braves bullpen into the rotation when Reyes was called up to Atlanta to replace Tom Glavine in the fifth spot in the lineup. From the bullpen to the rotation, Medlen's consistently dominated.

Medlen leaves Gwinnett with a 0.96 ERA and a 5-0 record, his first win coming in relief in the G-Braves opener in Charlotte. He hasn't allowed a run since April 25. In his last start he finally eclipsed the 100 pitch mark. In 371/3 innings, he has surrendered only 19 hits and 10 walks with a lofty 44 strikeouts.

"He is throwing great," Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox told the Associated Press.

Medlen will throw one inning of his scheduled start today in Buffalo before officially making the move up to Atlanta. The Braves have not announced who will fill Medlen's spot in Gwinnett.

Tommy Hanson will do most of the pitching for the G-Braves today after being held out of Game 2 of the doubleheader in Buffalo.

Medlen's call-up leaves his roommate Hanson still in Class AAA regardless of a nearly-equal strong start to the season. Hanson's 1.99 ERA doesn't match his 1-3 record.