Wood helps Braves beat Astros 4-0 in 5 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm •  Published: March 17, 2014
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — While the Atlanta Braves learned that Kris Medlen is definitely done for the season, Alex Wood pitched five dominant innings against the Houston Astros.

Wood struck out six and gave up two hits Monday in the Braves' 4-0 victory, a game shortened to five innings by rain.

Medlen was Gulf Breeze to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed the right-hander will need the second Tommy John operation of his career. He was scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Another ailing pitcher, Brandon Beachy, also was examined by Andrews. There was no word on his prognosis, but Beachy was heading to Los Angeles to get another opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers' team physician and a specialist on elbow injuries.

"They know they're injured. It's just a matter of finding out how badly they're injured," Braves president John Schuerholz said. "We're not counting on either of them. I mean, we hope that's not right, but that's the way we're planning."

Medlen, who won 15 games last season, left a spring training game on March 9 and already said he expected to undergo the same operation he had in 2010. Beachy, who had a ligament replaced in 2012, was hoping to avoid a repeat of the operation that cost him half of that season and most of 2013.

"We're still waiting for confirmation," Schuerholz said.

Medlen tore his right ulnar collateral ligament while pitching against the Mets on Aug. 4, 2010, and was operated on by Andrews two weeks later. Medlen didn't pitch for the Braves again until Sept. 25 the following year.

"It's sad for them and for us," Schuerholz said. "We have a really good team put together. But actually, with the patchwork quilt we've put together, with (Ervin) Santana and Gavin Floyd, who has thrown very well in camp, and Mike Minor, who has had some normal spring training stiffness, we should be OK."

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