KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday on a one-year contract with right-hander Ervin Santana, bolstering their injury plagued starting rotation. The 33-year-old Santana went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts for the Kansas City Royals last season and should make an immediate impact with the battered Braves, who are facing the prospect of opening the season with Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor on the disabled list. Medlen, who had 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. Beachy left a start Monday because of continuing problems with his right elbow, and Minor has yet to pitch this spring because of a sore shoulder. Santana will be pitching in the National League for the first time in his 10-year career. He spent eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels before being traded to the Royals in 2013, helping Kansas City post an 86-76 record, their best since 1989. But Santana, who made $13 million in the final year of his contract, turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Royals and became a free agent. Given his hefty contract demands, he remained unsigned as spring training began, despite putting up some impressive career numbers. Santana was an AL All-Star in 2008, tossed a no-hitter in 2011, and has reached double-figure wins five times, going a career-best 17-10 in 2010 and twice winning 16 games. Overall, he is 105-90 with a 4.19 ERA. The Braves were desperate to add another quality arm to their rotation after a rash of injuries this spring. While the team said it has not yet determined the extent of Medlen's injury, general Frank Wren acknowledged the outlook is "worrisome." Medlen went a team-leading 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA last season. Beachy underwent elbow surgery in 2012 and has been limited to a total of 18 starts over the past two seasons, enduring several setbacks in his attempt to come back. After his latest problem, he will miss his next scheduled spring start and faces another trip to the DL. Minor, who underwent urinary tract surgery on Dec. 31, hopes to pitch within the next week but also seems likely to start the season on the DL while he builds his arm strength. The left-hander was 13-9 with a a 3.21 ERA in 2013. With opening day less than three weeks away, the only healthy members of the Braves' projected rotation are second-year pitchers Julio Teheran (14-8 last season) and Alex Wood, rookie David Hale and non-roster invitee Freddy Garcia. Atlanta also signed veteran Gavin Floyd, but he is coming off Tommy John surgery and won't be ready to pitch until at least May. Now, add Santana to the list, though it's not known how long it will take to get his arm ready for the rigors of the regular season.
The 3rd Annual Whitfield Oil Trojan Run will be held on Saturday, April 26. The Trojan Run is a certified 5K course winding through historic Chickamauga. New to this year’s event is a one-mile Fun Run.
Chalk up two more prestigious mat titles for Walker County’s Jacob Mariakis and Garrison Dendy.
The Chattanooga Valley Middle School Lady Eagles moved to 2-0 on the soccer season this past week with a 4-0 shutout victory at Rossville on another chilly Thursday evening.
Coming off a win in a pre-season game against Lakeview last week, the Chattanooga Valley Middle School Lady Eagles picked up where they left off with a 2-0 home win over LaFayette on a bitterly cold Monday evening in Flintstone.
A new trend is personal fitness is begin to sweep the nation, and a new Catoosa County location is offering people a chance to get in on the action.
Chattanooga has always loved its basketball.
Some names and faces familiar to northwest Georgia and the Tri-State area will suit up in Rossville on Sunday afternoon as the Chattanooga Rail Runners will play its first-ever Central Basketball Association (CBA) game.
Lilvia Bradbury is just three wins away from a national championship.
The Lakeview Middle School boys' soccer team kicked off the 2014 season with a 5-0 road win at Chattanooga Valley on Thursday. The game did not count in the North Georgia Athletic Conference standings.
ROME, Ga. – Fifteen high school student-athletes have committed to the Berry College football team, announced Viking Head Coach Tony Kunczewski.
The Professional Indoor Football League officially named the Georgia Fire, an expansion franchise based out of Rome as the eighth franchise to compete during the 2014 season.
More than just about any other sport, golf takes a high level of individual dedication and work ethic in order to excel.
Make plans now to participate in the 2014 Walker County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on Tuesday, April 15 at the LaFayette Golf Course. In case of rain, the tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 29.
Tickets go on sale Friday (Feb. 28) at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton for the Impact Wrestling World Tour, presented by TNA Entertainment.
With David Stephenson’s win on Feb. 17 over Welch College, the GNTC men's head coach is only three victories away from the 500 mark for his coaching career.
North LaFayette Elementary School third-grader Grant Langford has made quite a name for himself on the links in the past 12 months, but he's proving to be a pretty crack shot on the basketball court as well.
The following is a press release concerning the Jack Mattox Recreation Complex renovation project:
Both the Heritage Generals and Lady Generals completed undefeated seasons on Tuesday night as they swept the North Georgia Athletic Conference basketball titles at Chattanooga Valley Middle School.
The Chattanooga Mocs announced the 2014 football schedule on Monday. UTC will play a 12-game slate that includes five home contests at Finley Stadium. Road games are highlighted by an Oct. 11 trip to Tennessee.
The North Georgia Athletic Conference basketball finals will be held at Chattanooga Valley Middle School on Tuesday afternoon, but the championship games will have a decidedly Catoosa County feel to them.