KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — After the Braves learned Kris Medlen may have a serious elbow injury, Julio Teheran and five relievers combined on a two-hitter Tuesday in Atlanta's 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Atlanta said an MRI showed Medlen injured a ligament in his right elbow Sunday and that it is too early to determine the extent of the damage.
Teheran, who went 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA last season, struck out three in four perfect innings and has given up six hits in 13 scoreless innings this spring training. Closer Craig Kimbrel allowed a hit to Kevin Frandsen with two outs in the seventh after walking two batters.
Dan Uggla hit his second homer in two days and Todd Cunningham and Edward Salcedo also connected for Atlanta.
Phillies starter David Buchanan allowed hit and a walk in three innings, leaving him with a 1.50 ERA.
Phillies: Buchanan said he felt fine after his third appearance of spring training. He spent most of last season at Double-A Reading and moved up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to finish the season. The 24-year-old right-hander is an outside candidate for a spot in the Phillies' rotation. "I feel like I am throwing the ball well," Buchanan said. "The biggest thing in pitching is confidence and always believing you can get anybody out." Buchanan said he was mentored by retired Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.
Braves: Teheran has walked one batter in four starts and appears likely to be Atlanta's opening-day starter.
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