Paul Maholm scratched from next start with elbow injury

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Braves left-hander Paul Maholm has been scratched from his scheduled weekend start and will instead fly back to Atlanta to undergo an MRI exam on his elbow, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

David Hale will start in place of Maholm, who spent a month on the disabled list with a wrist injury and has been mediocre since returning, posting a 4.03 ERA and 14/11 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.

Atlanta is also skipping Alex Wood’s next start, with Freddy Garcia taking his place, although the Braves have said that’s simply about limiting Wood’s workload as a rookie.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.