Elvis Andrus to miss six to eight weeks with fractured right elbow

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Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus suffered a fractured right elbow when he was hit by a Keynan Middleton fastball during Wednesday night’s game against the Angels. He will miss the next six to eight weeks but won’t require surgery, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Andrus, 29, was off to a great start to the 2018 season, coming off a terrific 2017 campaign. Through 61 plate appearances, he was hitting .327/.426/.500 with a pair of home runs and five RBI.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers will recall Ronald Guzman from Triple-A Round Rock to take Andrus’ spot on the roster. Joey Gallo will play some left field while Ryan Rua, Drew Robinson, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa will operate more in a utility role.

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.