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MLB Storylines: Braves await word on injury scare to Medlen

MLB Storylines: Braves await word on injury scare to Medlen
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March 10, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Sunday, March 9th.

Top Stories

  • 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.

Tribe News

  • 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'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 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.

User Comments

March 11, 2014 - 9:00 AM EDT
True Walter...but Santana at this point is also better than Harang...
March 10, 2014 - 8:14 PM EDT
There could be a chance if Harang does not win 5 th spot, he could end up in Atlanta. It would cost the Braves less to get Harang than Santana.
Joe Chengery
March 10, 2014 - 7:40 PM EDT
Atlanta probably is considering Santana being that now Beachy also had to leave the game today (I think). That's potentially two pitchers down for a period, and they let Hudson go in the offseason, plus I don't think their system is that stacked anymore when it comes with pitching prospects who are ready to go right now (some depth lower, I think, but not so much at AAA that they can plug in, I don't think).
March 10, 2014 - 1:15 PM EDT
While I know he'd never admit can't tell me that Ervin Santana isn't a little bit excited by the news of Medlen leaving with a potential elbow injury....

Prince Fielder benefited from Victor Martinez's injury a couple years ago in Detroit...
March 10, 2014 - 1:10 PM EDT
I don't think it matters how bad his team was in regards to his future deal. To get 5 years he probably has to rebound but could easily get Nick Swisher money IMO even if he simply stays where he was....fWAR was over 7 in 2012....he went from MVP levels to simply All-Star levels. Obivoulsly will cost him money but don't think it keeps him from a big deal. Just aren't many good 3Bs right now it seems (hell Tribe is turning a catcher into one). Juan Uribe was arguably the best 3B on the market this winter....and Mark Reynolds could have been argued as one of the better ones (how scary is that?)/
March 10, 2014 - 1:03 PM EDT

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.
March 10, 2014 - 11:56 AM EDT
I don't think Headley really needs to rebound at all. Still put up a 3.6 fWAR last year. IF he simply repeats that he'll be looking at a very nice deal next winter. IMO that's why he hasn't been in any hurry to sign with the Padres.
March 10, 2014 - 10:49 AM EDT
Headley just like Cabrera will need a rebound year in order to get long term deal when they become FA.

If Medlen injury is serious will the Braves offer Santana a one year deal?
March 10, 2014 - 9:36 AM EDT
Man would Headley look good in a Tribe uni right about now. Makes the 3B situation an easy decision. Still surprised the Padres haven't dealt him somewhere yet. If he walks, that infield could be hurting, as not much in the minors to replace him unless Cory Spangenberg proves ready.

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