Teheran leads Braves over Phillies, Medlen may have serious injury

Braves pitchers give up only a combined two hits to Phillies

Associated PressMarch 11, 2014 

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) throws in the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

ALEX BRANDON — AP

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After the Braves learned Kris Medlen may have a serious elbow injury, Julio Teheran and five relievers combined on a two-hitter Tuesday in Atlanta's 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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

Wren said Tuesday the 28-year-old right-hander 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 felt the injury on Sunday while pitching against the New York 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. Beachy has been limited to a total of 18 starts over the past two seasons.

Left-hander Mike Minor, who underwent urinary tract surgery on Dec. 31, is struggling with shoulder soreness. He hopes to pitch within the next week but could open the season on the disabled list.

Atlanta could start the season without the trio, and Wren described the latest events as "worrisome."

Julio Tehran hasn't allowed a run all spring training after pitching four shutout innings against Philadelphia on Tuesday and is likely to be joined in the starting rotation by Alex Wood, who pitches Wednesday against Washington in a split-squad game. Rookie David Hale was impressive during a call-up to the Braves last September, but he has struggled a bit this spring training.

Teheran, who went 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA last season, struck out three in four perfect innings and has given up six hits in 13 scoreless innings this spring training.

Closer Craig Kimbrel allowed a hit to Kevin Frandsen with two outs in the seventh after walking two batters.

Dan Uggla hit his second homer in two days and Todd Cunningham and Edward Salcedo also connected for Atlanta.

Phillies starter David Buchanan allowed a hit and a walk in three innings, leaving him with a 1.50 ERA.

Teheran has walked one batter in four starts and appears likely to be Atlanta's opening-day starter.

Uggla lifted his batting average to .318 -- he hit .179 for the Braves last season.

Teammate B.J. Upton, who batted .184 after coming over as a free agent from the Tampa Bay Rays, was off on Tuesday but is now batting .269 after an 0-for-6 start.

With Medlen, Beachy and Minor all struggling with injuries, Alex Wood's start today against the Washington Nationals takes on added importance. Wood, 3-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 11 starts for the Braves last season, was expected to have the first shot at the fifth spot in the Braves' rotation. He hasn't allowed an earned run in five innings this spring training.

Braves 9, Phillies 1 Philadelphia Atlanta ab r h bi ab r h bi Gwynn cf 2 1 0 0 Heyward rf 2 1 2 0 Mayber. cf 1 0 0 0 M.Lipka cf 1 0 0 0 Galvis ss 3 0 0 0 J.Upton lf 2 0 0 0 Cedeno ss 1 0 0 0 E.Salcedo 3b 2 1 1 2 Byrd rf 2 0 0 0 F.Freeman 1b 3 0 0 0 Thomas pr 1 0 0 0 M.Hamilton 1b 1 0 0 0 Howard 1b 3 0 0 0 Gattis dh 4 1 1 0 Ruf 1b 0 0 0 0 C.Johnson 3b 2 0 0 0 Frandsen 3 0 1 1 Constanza lf 2 1 1 0 D.Brown lf 3 0 0 0 Uggla 2b 3 1 2 1 Z.Collier lf 0 0 0 0 Gosselin pr-2b 1 2 1 1 Asche 3b 1 0 0 0 Simmons ss 3 0 2 1 Brignac 3b 1 0 1 0 E.Reyes pr-ss 1 1 0 0 Hernandez 3 0 0 0 J.Schafer cf 3 0 1 2 A.Blanco 0 0 0 0 Cunningham pr-rf 1 1 1 2 Nieves c 2 0 0 0 Bethancourt c 3 0 0 0 T.Joseph c 1 0 0 0 Lerud c 1 0 0 0 Totals 27 1 2 1 Totals 35 9 12 9 Philadelphia 000 000 100—1 Atlanta 000 015 03x—9 DP—Philadelphia 2, Atlanta 1. LOB—Philadelphia 2, Atlanta 3. 2B—Gattis (3), Simmons (2). 3B—J.Schafer (1). HR—E.Salcedo (1), Uggla (2), Cunningham (2). IP H R ER BB SO Philadelphia D.Buchanan 3 1 0 0 1 0 O’Sullivan L,1-1 22/3 8 6 6 0 1 K.Simon 1/3 0 0 0 0 1 Bastardo 1 0 0 0 0 1 Diekman 1 3 3 3 0 1 Atlanta Teheran 4 0 0 0 0 3 Severino W,1-1 1 0 0 0 1 0 Varvaro 1 0 0 0 0 0 Kimbrel 1 1 1 1 2 1 J.Jaime 1 1 0 0 0 0 Gearrin 1 0 0 0 0 1 Umpires—Home, Joe West; First, Jerry Layne; Second, Marty Foster; Third, Angel Campos. T—2:39. A—8,481 (9,500).

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