KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves have signed right-hander Ervin Santana to bolster their injury plagued starting rotation.
The team announced Wednesday that Santana agreed to a one-year deal. The 33-year-old went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts for the Kansas City Royals last season.
Santana was said to be on the Twins' radar screen, but some speculated his asking price would be too high.
Kris Medlen, who had already been named as Atlanta's opening-day starter, left a spring training start on Sunday after grabbing his right elbow. Initial tests showed ligament damage, and he is undergoing further examination to determine if he needs surgery for the second time in less than four years.
Brandon Beachy left a start Monday because of continuing problems with his right elbow, and Mike Minor has yet to pitch this spring because of a sore shoulder.
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