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Atlanta pitcher Kris Medlen has injured elbow ligament

Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years, and team officials say it is too early to determine the extent of the damage. The 28-year-old has a 34-20 career record.


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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years, and team officials say it is too early to determine the extent of the damage.

Medlen had an MRI on Monday that revealed the injury, according to general manager Frank Wren.

Wren said Tuesday the 28-year-old right-hander and the team will seek a second medical opinion.

“I talked to him, and he seems like he’s in good spirits,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Medlen, who has a 34-20 career record with a 2.95 earned-run average, felt something was wrong Sunday while pitching against the New York Mets. He grabbed the elbow with two outs in the fourth inning and left with a trainer.

Medlen tore his right ulnar collateral ligament while pitching against the Mets on Aug. 4, 2010, and was operated on by Dr. James Andrews two weeks later. Medlen didn’t pitch for the Braves again until Sept. 25, 2011.

He is expected to meet with Andrews this week.

Meanwhile, Brandon Beachy, another right-hander in Atlanta’s projected starting rotation, left a game Monday because of tightness around his pitching elbow. Beachy has been limited to a total of 18 starts over the past two seasons.

Left-hander Mike Minor, who underwent urinary-tract surgery Dec. 31, is struggling with shoulder soreness. He hopes to pitch in the next week but reportedly could open the season on the disabled list.

Atlanta might start the season without the trio, and Wren described the latest events as “worrisome.”

Julio Teheran hasn’t allowed a run all spring training after pitching four shutout innings in a 9-1 exhibition victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday.

“That was a couple of bad days in a row,” Teheran said of the Braves’ recent injuries. “I just tried to give the people something fresh, something different.”

Teheran is likely to be joined in the starting rotation by Alex Wood, who pitches Wednesday against the Washington Nationals in a split-squad game.

Raise fails to thrill Machado

SARASOTA, Fla. – Manny Machado’s contract has been renewed by the Baltimore Orioles at a slight raise, albeit not nearly enough to satisfy the All-Star third baseman.

The 21-year-old will receive $519,000 — $19,000 above the major-league minimum — and a $100,000 bonus for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award as the American League’s best defensive player.

Machado had a $495,000 base salary last season and earned $25,000 for making the AL All-Star team.

Players not eligible for arbitration were subject to unilateral renewal by their clubs.

After saying “the system is never going to change,” Machado added, “The only thing I can control is to go out there and play and be the best player I can be. Go out there and play. Play for the fans.”

Dan Duquette, Orioles executive vice president, said he felt it was important to reward Machado with a raise, but for the most part he stayed true to baseball rules that give control to the team.

“The system is weighted more toward experienced players and we thought it was important to recognize Manny’s significant contribution, not just with attaboys, but also with a bonus for his work,” Duquette said.

Machado has yet to play in spring training after offseason knee surgery.

Notes

Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for four innings in his spring debut for the Detroit Tigers, a 3-2, 10-inning loss to Toronto in Lakeland, Fla.

Verlander’s spring routine has been postponed by his recovery from core-muscle repair surgery Jan. 9.

The former league most valuable player and Cy Young Award winner threw 52 pitches, giving up a first-inning single to Melky Cabrera and walking two. He had two strikeouts.

Buster Posey had a three-run homer among his three hits, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 in Goodyear, Ariz.

• Cleveland’s Justin Masterson threw four no-hit innings in the Indians’ 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz.



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