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Bad news for Braves ace

KISSIMMEE — Braves right-hander Kris Medlen injured a ligament in his pitching elbow for the second time in less than four years, and Atlanta says it is too early to determine the extent of the damage.

Medlen had an MRI exam Monday that revealed the injury, general manager Frank Wren said. Wren said Tuesday that Medlen 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, 28, felt the injury Sunday while pitching against the 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 that Aug. 18. Medlen didn't pitch for the Braves again until Sept. 25 the following year.

He is expected to meet with Andrews this week.

Brandon Beachy, another right-hander in Atlanta's projected starting rotation, left a game Monday because of tightness around his pitching elbow. And left-hander Mike Minor, who had urinary tract surgery on Dec. 31, is struggling with shoulder soreness.

REPLAY REVIEW: The Cardinals are going to replay school. Manager Mike Matheny believes a contested play late in the Cardinals' 9-8 loss to the Mets would have been overturned had the new review process used the same video feed the team saw, so he's planning on discussing the call with officials in the commissioner's office. In other Cardinals news, top prospect Oscar Taveras, who is coming off right ankle surgery, has lingering hamstring tightness in the same leg and is unlikely to make the opening day roster.

ANGELS: Rightfielder Josh Hamilton, who has been sidelined by a calf strain, won't make his spring debut until Sunday at the earliest, manager Mike Scioscia told the Orange County Register. … Left-hander Mark Mulder, whose comeback attempt was cut short by a torn Achilles' tendon, was released.

NATIONALS: Right-hander Doug Fister, who had been sidelined by elbow soreness, played catch without any issues.

ORIOLES: Third baseman Manny Machado was disappointed in the raise he received when the team renewed his contract. The All-Star will receive $519,000, $19,000 above the major-league minimum. "It's the system, and the system is never going to change," Machado, 21, said. "It (stinks)."

RANGERS: Left-hander Matt Harrison, who has been slowed by a back problem, made his first game appearance this spring, pitching one inning in a "B" game against the Royals.

TIGERS: Right-hander Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball into the fourth inning against the Blue Jays during his spring debut. Verlander had core muscle repair surgery Jan. 9, and his first scheduled start was rained out Thursday.

Bad news for Braves ace 03/11/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:36pm]
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