Braves’ Medlen leaves game with right forearm strain

Kris Medlen's 2.40 ERA since the 2012 All-Star break trails only Clayton Kershaw among starters with at least 250 innings.

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Every indication is that Kris Medlen will be the Braves’ Opening Day starter. But Sunday, Atlanta was dealt some potentially bad news with Medlen as he left his start against the Mets after throwing a pitch.

Medlen, 15-12 last season with a 3.11 ERA IN 31 starts, is expected to anchor a rotation that includes Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Brandon Beachy. Freddy Garcia, Alex Wood and David Hale are in the mix for the fifth spot.