Braves RHP Kris Medlen underwent "Tommy John" surgery Tuesday to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Tuesday's surgery was the second of its kind for Medlen, who will now have to look forward to a long rehab with a target return date of the 2015 season. There have been some pitchers that have had success after going under the needle twice by Dr. James Andrews, but the road to recovery is going to be long. Unless you are in an extremely deep dynasty league, there is really no reason to stash Medlen this year.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Javier Baez was in the middle of a nasty collision Friday at second base while trying to turn a double play. It looked bad enough manager Joe Maddon was a bit nervous Baez may have suffered a serious injury.
Baez will be fine, but it was indeed a scary moment for the Cubs. Kole Calhoun took Baez out on a double play, but instead of him sliding into his feet, due to the position that Baez was in, he was drilled in the midsection by Calhoun's elbow. As Maddon accurately put it, he "got smoked." Being Joe Maddon, he of course added in that "I loved it." Initially Maddon feared that Baez was seriously injured as he writhed in pain on the ground, but the former top prospect, who is just 22, will be fine and even singled in singled in a later at bat. He is a risky fantasy proposition, who may not even make the Opening Day squad, but his upside is ridiculous. Analysis: Ben Diamond