The Gwinnett Braves no longer have Kris Medlen, but that doesn't mean that they are short of pitchers.
Tom Glavine, a future Hall of Famer with 304 major league victories, will likely start twice in the upcoming homestand, and Jorge Campillo will also be joining the G-Braves on a minor league rehab assignment.
Glavine is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday night's game against Toledo, then pitch again in the homestand finale next Thursday against Indianapolis.
Campillo is expected to start the first game against Toledo at Gwinnett Stadium on Thursday night, opposing former Detroit mainstay Jeremy Bonderman, who is with the Mud Hens on a rehab assignment from the Tigers.
Gwinnett, which is off today, continued its road success by going 5-3 at Buffalo and Lehigh Valley. The G-Braves (20-20) had won four straight before losing the series finale at Lehigh Valley 3-1 on Tuesday.
Medlen got the word that he was being promoted to Atlanta on Friday, but he stayed with the G-Braves through the road trip after his major league debut was pushed back because of a Braves rainout Sunday.
Medlen, 23, will pitch Thursday night against Colorado at Turner Field, meaning he will have 10 days between starts. He pitched to two batters in a relief appearance behind Tommy Hanson on Saturday before rain ended the game early.
Medlen, who threw a side session in Allentown, Pa., on Monday, was 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA for the G-Braves and had 44 strikeouts to 10 walks in 372/3 innings. When he was charged with a run against Lehigh Valley, it ended a scoreless streak of 192/3 innings.
With Jo-Jo Reyes sent to the bullpen, Medlen will be holding down a spot in the Atlanta rotation that will likely go to Glavine in June if the veteran left-hander's arm holds up.
Glavine, coming off elbow and shoulder surgery, was expected back in late April. But he had to leave a rehab start for Class AA Mississippi when he experienced shoulder discomfort while batting.
Glavine, 43, threw three innings in a simulated game at Turner Field on Monday and said he was ready to resume his minor league rehab assignment. He will be limited to 50-55 pitches in his first start for the G-Braves, then go up to 70-75 for his second.
Initially, Glavine had hoped to make just one rehab start with Gwinnett. "I probably need a couple based on the way I felt today," Glavine said Monday.
After what happened at Mississippi on April 12, Glavine said he would be "ultra conservative" swinging the bat. But pitchers won't hit in the Toledo series, because the Mud Hens are an American League farm team. There won't be a DH against Indianapolis, which is affiliated with the National League Pittsburgh Pirates.
In addition to Glavine and Campillo, the G-Braves will likely get another pitcher from Atlanta when Medlen is activated Thursday. James Parr, who started the season with Gwinnett, is a likely candidate.
Campillo has been on the DL since mid-April because of shoulder soreness. He made his first rehab start on Saturday, pitching two scoreless innings for Mississippi. The native of Mexico was 8-7 with a 3.91 ERA for Atlanta last season.
Atlanta catcher Brian McCann played in a rehab game for the G-Braves on May 7 and they beat Syracuse that night. Now, maybe Glavine and Campillo can give the team a boost at home. Gwinnet is 13-9 on the road, but 7-11 at home.
SideBar: IronPigs 3, G-Braves 1
· What happened: Lehigh Valley (15-23) snapped an eight-game losing streak on Tuesday, salvaging the final game of the four-game series with Gwinnett (20-20) in Allentown, Pa., and ending the G-Braves' four-game winning streak.
· Star of the game: Former major leaguer Rodrigo Lopez, coming back from reconstructive elbow surgery, improved to 2-2 by limiting the G-Braves to five hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.
· Turning point: Gwinnett starter Todd Redmond (2-3) struck out the first four Lehigh Valley batters, but then allowed a double to John Mayberry Jr. and David Newhan followed with a two-run homer in the second inning.
· Road warriors: The G-Braves were 5-3 on the trip and are 13-9 on the road compared to 7-11 at home.
· Worth noting: Gwinnett out-hit Lehigh Valley 6-5, but all were singles. Redmond had one of the hits and scored the only run. ...Redmond is 0-2 in his past three starts, giving up 13 earned runs in 101/3 innings. ...Gregor Blanco had a hit Tuesday, but was 4-for-24 on the trip.
· On deck: The G-Braves are off today before opening an eight-game homestand Thursday. Toledo and Indianapolis will each visiting Gwinnett Stadium for four games.