Kris Medlen, who was 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA after moving to the rotation last season, pitched two scoreless innings Monday as the Braves defeated Miami, 7-6
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Kris Medlen started off spring training just like he finished last season — putting up zeroes.
Medlen, who was 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA after moving to the rotation, pitched two scoreless innings Monday as the Braves defeated Miami 7-6 behind back-to-back homers by Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in the fourth inning.
Upton’s mammoth drive was one of the longest to left field ever at Champion Stadium.
Medlen allowed two hits, walked none and struck out two, throwing 13 of his 14 pitches for strikes. He was coming back from Tommy John surgery last spring and began the season in the bullpen.
Upton, acquired from Arizona over the winter, was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Heyward’s homer was his second in two days. He also went deep against the Pirates in Bradenton on Sunday.
B.J. Upton — Justin’s older brother — had a single, double and stolen base. Chris Johnson also had two hits.
It was the first Grapefruit League victory after three losses for the Braves, who host the Nationals today.
PROUD FATHER: Medlen is a proud first-time father. Son Max Michael Medlen was born in Atlanta a week before the Braves’ first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 12, and the baby and mother Nicole will spend most of spring training in Florida.
That is why Medlen, 27, decided not to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
BRAVES GET DRAFT PICK: Michael Bourn’s signing with the Indians means that the Braves will receive a compensatory draft pick, either No. 31 or No. 32.
Atlanta lost its first-round pick at No. 28 for signing Bourn’s replacement, B.J. Upton.
Bourn, who turned down a qualifying offer of $13.3 million from the Braves, signed a four-year, $48 million deal with the Indians that has a vesting option for a fifth season at $12 million.
Upton got $75.25 million over five years from the Braves.
LATE FOR CAMP: RHP Juan Jaime, LHP Yohan Flande and RHP Wirfin Obispo were late for camp because of visa issues in the Dominican Republic.
Jaime, 25, was promoted to the 40-man roster last year. Flande, 27, and Obispo, 28, are non-roster invitees to spring training.
Jaime was perfect in 18 save opportunities for high Class A Lynchburg last season and struck out 73 in 51 1/3 innings. Obispo went a combined 5-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 35 games (13 starts) for the Reds’ Class AA and Class AAA affiliates last year. Flande went 6-11 with a 4.21 ERA in 29 games (27 starts) for Class AAA Gwinnett in 2012.