MRI on Paul Maholm's elbow shows no structural damage

Should the Braves be worried about Paul Maholm's elbow? (USATSI)
Should the Braves be worried about Paul Maholm's elbow? (USATSI)

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Braves left-hander Paul Maholm has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Padres because of a sore arm, but, as Dave O'Brien notes on Twitter, an MRI has revealed no structural damage in Maholm's elbow. Maholm first experienced soreness following his start last Sunday against the Phillies and was slated for the MRI on Wednesday. 

This season, Maholm, age 31, has pitched to a 4.35 ERA (89 ERA+), 1.42 K/BB ratio and 2.04 K/BB ratio in 140 2/3 innings. Maholm has dealt with shoulder issues in past seasons, but this is the first time he's had any significant elbow problems as a pro. The Braves of course are already without Tim Hudson for the remainder of 2013, and Brandon Beachy is also on the DL with elbow inflammation. 

Recent call-up David Hale will start in Maholm's stead on Friday. 

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