Ben Zobrist to rest for a couple of days after getting cortisone shot in knee

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Ben Zobrist left Sunday’s game due to left knee soreness and Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that he’ll miss at least another couple of days after receiving a cortisone shot.

Zobrist said an MRI showed no ligament damage in the knee, but he does have cartilage issues. He won’t rule out the possibility of surgery if the knee doesn’t respond, but it would likely just be a cleanup procedure. He’s still hoping to avoid that, though. At the very least, he might change the way he slides to protect the knee.

Zobrist, who was acquired from the Rays in January, is batting .267 (12-for-45) with one home run, eight RBI, and a .764 OPS over his first 12 games this season.

Max Fried loses to Braves in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried lost to the Atlanta Braves in salary arbitration and will make $13.5 million in the upcoming season instead of his $15 million request.

Mark Burstein, Fredric Horowitz and Jeanne Vonhof issued their decision a day after hearing arguments.

Despite the defeat, Fried matched the $13.5 million Gerrit Cole won in 2019 as the highest decided by an arbitration panel.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year in arbitration instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal.

He followed former Atlanta teammate Dansby Swanson in going to a hearing in consecutive years. Swanson, a shortstop, lost in 2021 and won last year, then signed a seven-year, $177 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The last player to win hearings in consecutive years was pitcher Trevor Bauer against Cleveland in 2018 and 2019.

Fried, a 29-year-old left-hander, went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2021, Fried pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.