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Pitcher Ervin Santana lands in Atlanta with $14.1M contract

The Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday on a $14.1 million, one-year contract with Ervin Santana, bolstering their injury plagued starting rotation.


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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday on a $14.1 million, one-year contract with Ervin Santana, bolstering their injury plagued starting rotation.

The 33-year-old right-hander went 9-10 with a 3.24 earned-run average in 32 starts for the Kansas City Royals last season and should make a huge impact with the battered Braves, who are facing the prospect of losing Kris Medlen for the season and opening with Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor on the disabled list.

Medlen, who had been announced as Atlanta’s opening-day starter, left a spring training outing Sunday after grabbing his right elbow. Initial tests showed ligament damage, and he will undergo further examination to determine if he needs surgery for the second time in less than four years. Medlen said he’s already preparing himself to miss the entire season.

Beachy left a start Monday because of continuing problems with his right elbow, and Minor has yet to pitch this spring because of a sore shoulder.

Santana will be pitching in the National League for the first time in his 10-year career.

He spent eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels before being traded to the Royals in 2013, helping Kansas City post an 86-76 record, their best since 1989.

But Santana, who made $13 million in the final year of his contract, turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Royals and became a free agent.

Given his hefty contract demands, he remained unsigned as spring training began, despite putting up some impressive career numbers.

PHOENIX — Francisco Rodriguez’s spring training debut for the Milwaukee Brewers could be delayed after the pitcher injured a foot by stepping on a cactus.

“He took out a lot of the thorns, but there were some more in there,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “I don’t think it’s that big of a setback, but I imagine he’s pretty sore today.”

Rodriguez reported late because of a visa problem and was scheduled to make his first appearance Thursday. It will now be a game-time decision.

The 32-year-old, who agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year contract last month, was acquired during the 2011 All-Star break. Last season he had a 2.70 ERA in 46  2 / 3 innings.

Notes

• Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa was selected opening-day starter by the Colorado Rockies.

• Former Husky Tim Lincecum pitched 41 / 3 effective innings and the San Francisco Giants rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox in Scottsdale, Ariz.



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