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Brandon Beachy diagnosed with partial tear of UCL in right elbow

Jun 18, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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Rough news for the Braves.

According to Mark Bowman of, Brandon Beachy was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He’ll be examined by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow, after which we should know more about his long-term status.

Obviously the big concern here is that Beachy will face Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but there’s a small chance he’ll attempt to rehab the injury. Either way, it’s safe to say he won’t be pitching for the Braves in the near future.

Beachy, 25, has a 3.07 ERA over his first 41 major league starts. He’s currently tied with R.A. Dickey for the major league lead with a 2.00 ERA.

  1. ame123 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    *POW* Right in the kisser for the Braves.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      Only Tralfamadorians kiss with their elbows.

      • stex52 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM


  2. randygnyc - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    I refuse to believe these tears are new to baseball. Meaning, before we were able to diagnose these tears, 25 years ago, pitchers must have had them, and must have been pitching with them (more pitches and innings too). I’d agree that it’s mysterious as to why there’s been an inordinate amount of these injuries over the last 2 or 3 years, but it seems to me that in the past, pitchers must have been pitching through it.

    • Kurupt - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      Or perhaps those pitchers washed out and you never heard about them. It’s not a new injury.

      • deepstblu - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

        If medical techniques and free agency had advanced more quickly, we might now be talking about “Gary Nolan surgery” or “Dick Radatz surgery” or even “Jerry Casale surgery”. Guys have been blowing out their arms for decades, but in the old days there was no real way to fix most of them besides rest, cortisone shots and luck–and there was not much incentive to find a way, given that most of them weren’t big investments. Owners could just send them back to Palookaville and give some other guy a shot at making $8,000.

  3. bobulated - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    IMHO he should just go ahead and do the surgery; Arodys Vizcaino tried to rehab from a partial tear and it only held up a year or so before he had to have TJ anyways.

  4. kappy32 - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    See you in 2014, Brandon. I hope Teheran is ready.

  5. steviep23 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    All these pitch counts and rules for pitchers and they’re still dropping like flies to elbow injuries.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      I think that is a huge part of the problem.
      They don’t pitch as much. As a result, (IMO)…they don’t have the arm strength of their predecessors. Sorry to hear about Brandon though.
      I have always rooted for the Kokomo kid (when not facing the Cardinals of course).

  6. mrwillie - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Tough break for Beachey. The Bravos are definitely going to he buyers on the market now. This one hurts.

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