Braves scratch Tommy Hanson, calling up Randall Delgado

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From Mark Bowman of MLB.com comes word that the Braves have scratched right-hander Tommy Hanson from his scheduled Friday start against the Rangers due to shoulder tendinitis.

Hanson, 24, has enjoyed a dominant start to the 2011 season, sporting a 2.48 ERA and 89 strikeouts through his first 83 1/3 innings. The Braves are going to evaluate him over the next two days before deciding if he’s better off heading to the disabled list. For now, everything sounds minor and precautionary.

The Braves will promote pitching prospect Randall Delgado from Double-A Mississippi to start Friday in Hanson’s place. A 21-year-old righty from Panama, Delgado has registered a 3.54 ERA and 64/26 K/BB ratio in 73 2/3 innings of work at the Double-A level this season. Baseball America ranked him as the game’s 35th-best prospect earlier this year.

Howie Kendrick to undergo an MRI after exiting game with a serious leg injury

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Update, 7:49 PM ET: The Nationals placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles injury. In a corresponding move, right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was recalled from Double-A Potomac.

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Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick was removed from the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers after injuring his right leg. In the eighth inning, Kendrick tracked a Max Muncy sac fly to the wall, but landed strangely on his right leg and fell to the ground. Unable to put weight on it, he was forced to exit the field on a cart and was sent to undergo an MRI soon afterward, the results of which have yet to be revealed.

While the Nationals have not specified the nature or severity of Kendrick’s injury, Martinez revealed that it’s located in the “lower part” of the outfielder’s leg and appears to be quite severe. He’ll likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list in the next couple of days, though the recovery process could take even longer.

Prior to the incident, Kendrick was off to a hot start this season. Entering Saturday’s doubleheader, he carried a batting line of .302/.331/.477 with 18 extra-base hits and an .808 OPS in 157 plate appearances. He went 1-for-3 on Saturday with a base hit in the seventh inning. Andrew Stevenson subbed in for Kendrick following the injury and has been tabbed to start in left field for the second game of the doubleheader at 8:05 PM ET.