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Braves make move for Santana, credit to Wren

  • 8:03 am Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Ervin Santana spent his first eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP photo)

Now there’s something we’re not accustomed to: The Braves did not take a wait-and-see approach.

With pitcher Kris Medlen possibly headed for major elbow surgery again and two other members of the starting rotation ailing, the Braves made a move: They’re signing free agent Ervin Santana.

Photos: 10 things to know about Ervin Santana

Credit to Braves general manager Frank Wren, who more often than not is not proactive in situations like this. In the past, Wren often hasn’t responded quickly to injuries or other problems, instead letting things play out for a while before making a decision on his [More]

Medlen hurt, Braves now paying for doing nothing (updated)

  • 11:32 am Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Braves will seek a second opinion before determining whether Kris Medlen needs Tommy John surgery again.

(Updated: 1:45 p.m.)

A lot has been made of the fact that the suddenly free-spending Braves spent nearly $300 million dollars on contract extensions for five members of the team’s young core, an achievement for which general manager Frank Wren deserves to be commended.

But lost amid all of the parades and confetti over the signings of Julio Teheran, Freddie Freeman and others was a simple fact: Wren did nothing of significance in the offseason to acquire talent and improve the team from 2013.

If you wondered whether the decision to not add a top-of-the-rotation pitcher even before arms started exploding in spring [More]

Braves’ rotation can’t afford Medlen’s loss (Update: Beachy hurt)

  • 12:35 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Kris Medlen

(This blog will be updated after the results of Kris Medlen’s MRI are announced, probably later today.)

There is nothing the Braves could have done this offseason to prevent pitcher Kris Medlen from grabbing his forearm and walking off the mound Sunday with a potentially serious injury. The question now is whether they’re going to pay a price for doing nothing to strengthen their starting rotation and cushion the blow for a potential loss when some believed they needed to make a move regardless.

Medlen is hurt. We’ll probably find out later today just how hurt he is. But as a general [More]

Braves’ Medlen to shave head for charity

  • 11:08 am Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Kris Medlen, shown here squirting water on Freddie Freeman after a win last August, has always been one of the team's free spirits. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

(Updated: 11:45 a.m.)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There is a chance that the Braves’ opening day starter will be bald.

I’m writing a column later today on the Braves’ starting rotation and addressing the question about whether an “ace” as the No. 1 starter is needed. Medlen, Julio Teheran and Mike Minor (in that order) are the most likely candidates to start opening day in Milwaukee on March 31.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the print column on the rotation.

If it’s Medlen, you’ll see a closely shaven scalp under his hat. The Braves’ pitcher has a full head of hair but [More]