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.

José Abreu undergoes lower abdominal surgery, expected out two weeks

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White Sox first baseman José Abreu underwent lower abdominal surgery on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It was an outpatient procedure that is expected to keep him away from baseball activity for two weeks.

Abreu, 31, was held out of Tuesday’s lineup, his first day off in more than two months. This season, Abreu has hit a productive .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 526 plate appearances.

The White Sox will likely play Matt Davidson at first base and put Daniel Palka at DH while Abreu is out.