According to Gregg Bell of the Associated Press, Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee underwent platelet-rich plasma
injection therapy on his injured abdomen in Seattle this weekend.
The procedure has been successful in helping athletes recover from ailments like tennis elbow and hamstring strains, but using it to help heal abdominal strains is mostly unheard of. Lee underwent a similar kind of therapy when first diagnosed with the injury, though, so it’s not like the M’s are traveling down an unfamiliar road.
The 31-year-old southpaw went 14-13 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP last season for the Indians and Phillies. He’s doubtful for the start of the regular season, but should be pitching in a Seattle uniform by the end of April.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.
Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.