Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez to miss the entire 2017 season

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A tough, tough break for Sean Rodriguez and for the team which just signed him a couple of months ago.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Rodriguez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder on Tuesday. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, will put him on the shelf for as long as eight months. Even if he beats that prognosis by a couple of months the season will be close to over before he could play. Given that the Braves are not likely to be playing meaningful baseball in September there will not be a reason to rush him.

The Braves signed Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million contract back in November as he was coming off of a career year with the Pirates during which he hit .270/.349/.510 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI over 342 plate appearances. Then tragedy struck.

Rodriguez was in an SUV with his wife and two of their four children when they were t-boned by a stolen police cruiser which had run a red light. The cruiser burst into flames and the man who was stole it suffered fatal injuries. Rodriguez’s wife broke he leg and the two children each suffered unspecified injuries. Rodriguez was thought to be unharmed until last week when the rotator cuff tear was discovered.

The injury prompted the Braves to trade for Brandon Phillips last weekend and he will be the Braves everyday second baseman to start the season. Rodriguez will, if everything goes well, be ready for spring training in 2018.

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.

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 with 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.