Jose Abreu exits game with bruised left leg after hit by pitch

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Jose Abreu survived a scary moment during the White Sox’ 7-3 loss to the Indians on Friday night. Down 4-3 in the seventh inning, Abreu took a pitch off of his left leg and immediately dropped to the ground, requiring the assistance of manager Rick Renteria and head trainer Herm Schneider before he could stand and exit the field. The ball — a 85.5 MPH slider from Cleveland flamethrower Andrew Miller — appeared to strike just below Abreu’s knee.

Luckily for Abreu, the injury appears to be a mild one. While the first baseman was unable to put pressure on his leg after the incident, he was diagnosed with nothing more serious than a bruise following the game. Postgame comments from Renteria indicate that Abreu won’t need an X-ray, as the pitch didn’t come into hard contact with the bone and there was minimal swelling in his leg. He’ll be reevaluated by the team tomorrow, but is expected to be day-to-day barring any unforeseen complications.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 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.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.