Injured reliever Luke Jackson loses referee against Braves


NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Jackson, sidelined for the season by Tommy John surgery, lost his salary arbitration hearing with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Jackson was given the team’s $3.6 million offer rather than its $4 million request by Robert Herzog, Richard Bloch and Scott Buchheit, who heard the matter a day earlier.

A 30-year-old right-hander, Jackson underwent surgery on April 13 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

No statistics or evidence after March 1 are admissible other than contract and salary comparisons, the time set when Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to the deal that ended the lockout. .

Jackson made 18 saves in 2019 and has been one of the best preparers over the past two years. He was 2-2 with a career-best 1.98 ERA in 71 games in 2021, helping the Braves win their first World Series title since 1995. He had a 0.00 ERA in three games of the Series against Houston, allowing a hit in 3 2/3 innings.

He earned $1.9 million last year.

The team has a 3-2 lead in decisions: Seattle second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier ($8 million) and Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi ($8.5 million) won and Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley ($3.95 million) and St. Louis outfielder Tyler O’Neill ($3.4 million) also lost.

A decision remains pending for Milwaukee right-hander Adrian Houser.

Arbitration hearings usually take place during the first three weeks of February, but have been delayed by the lockout.

Hearings scheduled until June 24. Players slated for hearings include Atlanta outfielder Adam Duvall, pitcher Max Fried and Dansby Swanson, as well as New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, New York Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt, Minnesota wide receiver Gary Sánchez and Philadelphia pitcher Zach Eflin.

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