Braves Relief Prospect Stephen Marek To Have Tommy John Surgery

Per the AJC, we now know the result of Braves relief prospect Stephen Marek's appearance on the disabled list last week:

Marek will undergo "Tommy John" surgery on Wednesday in Birmingham performed by Dr. James Andrews, a surgery that typically requires a 12-month recovery. Kemp said Marek found out about his diagnosis late Thursday.

"I talked to him and he was really upbeat about it," Kemp said. "He knows it’s a process. He’ll make the most of it and get back healthy."

Marek has a lot of fans on this site and throughout Braves Country, and I wish him a successful recovery.

This is no doubt a bit of a blow to our relief depth in the minors, which has already taken a hit with the news that Peter Moylan may be lost for most of the season with back surgery.

Jairo Asencio, Juan Abreu, and (gulp) Scott Proctor now represent the immediate minor league depth for the Braves relief corps.

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