Sep 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Braves' Kris Medlen leaves with forearm injury; upgrade Alex Wood?

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Braves’ starter Kris Medlen exited Sunday’s game with a forearm injury (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves’ starting pitcher Kris Medlen exited Sunday’s spring training game with what is being called a “strained forearm”.

Medlen, who is in line to be the No. 2 starter for the Braves in 2014, left in the fourth inning after grabbing his elbow following a pitch to the New York Mets’ Matt Clark.  Medlen finished the outing allowing one earned run on three hits in 3.2 innings of work.  He struck out two.

A forearm injury can often mean a ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tear in the elbow, which sometimes results in Tommy John surgery.  Medlen has already undergone one such surgery — back in 2010.

Medlen has gone 25-13 over the past two seasons with the Braves while compiling an excellent 2.47 ERA.

Fantasy baseball owners drafting in the next few days would be wise to upgrade Alex Wood in their rankings.

Wood (who currently has an ADP of 263), would slide up in the rotation, with newcomer Gavin Floyd or youngster David Hale being the likely candidates for the fifth spot.

In his first big-league season, Wood put together a 3-3 record with a 3.13 ERA and 77 K over 77.2 innings.  With the Braves leading the NL in home runs last year as well as finishing fourth in runs scored, Wood is a good bet to get some very good run support and win 12+ games.

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