Elvis Andrus hit by pitch, suffers fractured right elbow

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Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was hit on the right elbow with a 97 MPH fastball from Angels reliever Keynan Middleton on Wednesday night. He left the game and Isiah Kiner-Falefa came in to pinch-run. After the game, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Andrus suffered a fractured right elbow. Andrus is headed to the disabled list. The Rangers should pass along an update with a timetable for his recovery.

Andrus was 0-for-3 with a walk before his final at-bat. In 61 plate appearances, he’s hitting .327/.426/.500 with two home runs, five RBI, and seven runs scored.

Jurickson Profar could slide into a regular role at shortstop while Andrus is out. Profar has been functioning as a utilityman so far this season.

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.