MLB Storylines: Braves await word on injury scare to Medlen
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Here are the stories from Sunday, March 9th.
- Kris Medlen, the likely Opening Day starter for the Braves, left Sunday's start against the Mets early due to a forearm strain in his throwing arm. Medlen was seen grabbing onto his elbow after a pitch before he left the game. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team is keeping their fingers crossed that their number one starter will be okay and stated that he felt a little better about the situation after talking to team doctors. Medlen is set to have an MRI on Monday to further assess the injury.
- According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Indians have yet to respond with a counter offer to the three to four-year contract extension offer presented to them by Justin Masterson's camp.
- Cleveland improved to 9-1-1 on the spring with a 4-2 victory over the Brewers on Sunday. Josh Tomlin led the way with four scoreless innings, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out five. Asdrubal Cabrera was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.
- According to MLB.com's Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian, the Tribe entered Sunday's game leading the major leagues this spring in ERA (2.77), WHIP (1.05), opponents' average (.207), on-base percentage (.264) and slugging percentage (.325).
Others News and Notes
- Jon Heyman wrote that it appears unlikely that the Padres and third baseman Chase Headley will agree to a contract extension. Headley is set to be a free agent after this upcoming season.
- Heyman also reported that the Twins offered Ervin Santana a three-year deal, but Santana is interested in a one-year deal, unless some team meets his four-year contract demands.
- Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters that general manager Dan Duquette told him nothing is imminent in regards to Santana.
- The Cardinals agreed to a four-year deal with Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweeted that the contract is worth less than $20 million. Diaz is expected to start 2014 in the minors.
- There were reports last week that the White Sox were fielding calls on outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo. On Sunday, Bruce Levine of CBSChicago.com reported that the Chicago and Seattle have engaged in trade talks regarding Viciedo. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe also wrote that the Twins have shown interest in acquiring De Aza.
Prince Fielder benefited from Victor Martinez's injury a couple years ago in Detroit...
For the best hitter on the Padres having only 13 hrs 50rbi, I believe he needs to have rebound year in order to get a shot at a 5yr deal. His war in 2012 was 6.3.
If Medlen injury is serious will the Braves offer Santana a one year deal?