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Braves GM Wren: Medlen has ligament damage

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General manager Frank Wren said starter Kris Medlen has ligament damage and will be further evaluated Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury he incurred Sunday in the fourth inning of an exhibition game against the New York Mets.

"His MRI showed injury to the ligament, but don't yet know the extent," said Wren. "A diagnosis would be premature at this point, he will undergo further tests until we seek a second opinion."

Wren said players who have undergone previous arm surgeries, especially Tommy John ligament replacement, can yield inconclusive MRI results. Medlen had Tommy John surgery in 2010.

With two outs in the fourth inning Sunday, Medlen grabbed for his forearm and elbow after delivering his first pitch to Matt Clark. Manager Fredi Gonzalez came to the mound and detected immediately Medlen felt he was dealing with a serious injury.

"He wasn't in good spirits then. He was really, really worried," Gonzalez said.

Medlen, 28, is scheduled to be Atlanta's Opening Day starter. He was 15-12 last season with a 3.11 ERA and has a career ERA of 2.95 with a 34-20 record.

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