Kris Medlen leaves game early with arm injury

By Laura Hundemer,

Atlanta Braves' ace pitcher, Kris Medlen, left in the fourth inning of Sunday’s afternoon game. The right-hander grabbed his elbow after throwing his first pitch to New York Mets’ Matt Clark. After the next pitch, he walked immediately off the field.

According to CBS Sports, the Braves announced that Medlen, 28, has been diagnosed with a right forearm strain and will undergo further evaluations Monday.

The Braves are concerned about the condition of Medlen’s elbow, seeing as he was such a strong starter for them last season. Medlen went 15-12 in 31 starts and recorded an ERA of 3.11.

This is not the first time Medlen has had a problem with his throwing arm. According to MLB, Medlen had Tommy John surgery in August 2010 and missed most of the 2011 season.

This is not the only injury to hit the Braves’ pitching staff so far at camp. Starter Mike Minor has yet to pitch a spring training game due to some shoulder problems.

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