MLB notes: Braves pitcher Kris Medlen hurt again

His right elbow ligament injured

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

Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years, and Atlanta says it is too early to determine the damage.

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

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


‘‘He seems like he’s in good spirits,’’ Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

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Medlen 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.

Machado unhappy

Manny Machado’s contract has been renewed by the 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 would earn an additional $100,000 for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award as the AL’s best defensive player.

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

Teams had until Tuesday to reach agreements with unsigned players on their 40-man rosters, and players not eligible for arbitration were subject to unilateral renewal.

‘‘It’s the system, and the system is never going to change,’’ Machado said. ‘‘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.’’

Harrison throws

Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison made his first spring training game appearance, throwing one inning in a ‘‘B'’ game against the Royals in Surprise, Ariz. Harrison threw six strikes among 11 pitches to four batters. He allowed one hit, a single up the middle by Mike Moustakas. He has been slowed this spring training by a back problem. He received a nerve-block injection on the right side of his neck Feb. 24, but was cleared for his back issue . . . Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka made his third start for the Yankees, this time in a simulated game in Tampa. Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out nine of 18 batters in four innings. He gave up three hits, including a solo homer, to a pair of minor leaguers.

Price on point


David Price struck out eight in five innings, helping the Rays beat the Twins, 7-1, in Port Charlotte, Fla. . . . In Lakeland, Fla., Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball into the fourth inning of his spring debut for the Tigers, a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays. Verlander is recovering from core-muscle surgery Jan. 9 . . . In Jupiter, Fla., Jon Niese struggled in his first spring start that was delayed by shoulder trouble, allowing four runs in two innings of the Mets’ 9-8 victory over the Cardinals . . . In Viera, Fla., while New York’s CC Sabathia gave up three runs in three innings testing a new cutter, Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann gave a perfect four-inning performance as the Nationals beat the Yankees, 3-2 . . . At Scottsdale, Ariz., Justin Masterson threw four no-hit innings in the Indians’ 7-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.