The Atlanta Braves will open their Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. Veteran right-hander Felix Hernandez will begin his quest to secure a spot in the team’s rotation when he makes his first start of the spring on Saturday. The Braves will go with Hernandez on Saturday, Bryse Wilson on Sunday against the Tigers with Max Fried penciled in for Monday against the Blue Jays.
Hernandez is competing for one of two final spots in the Braves’ rotation along with Wilson, Sean Newcomb and Kyle Wright.
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The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz sat down with former Braves outfielder Andruw Jones recently to talk about the Hall of Fame, coaching and playing in Japan. Jones also said that he had an agreement to return to the Braves back in 2015 to come to spring training as a non-roster player. However, then GM John Hart requested that Jones go to Triple-A after the team signed Jonny Gomes to a major league deal. Hart told Jones that he could still come to spring training but that he would not get any at-bats which led Jones to turn down the deal.
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Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley won his arbitration case per a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Bradley will earn $4.1 million in 2020. Bradley was the final arbitration case for this offseason with teams winning seven of the 12 total hearings.
An MRI revealed that Indians starter Carlos Carrasco is dealing with a mild strain of his right hip flexor. Carrasco aggravated the injury while doing squats before spring training. He will be considered day-to-day and the team doesn’t believe the injury to be serious.