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ERA leader Brandon Beachy to have Tommy John surgery

Jun 20, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

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Dr. James Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament, so Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy will undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery tomorrow.

Beachy went from undrafted free agent in 2008 to National League leader in ERA this season, posting a 2.00 mark with a 68/29 K/BB ratio in 81 innings. And he was excellent as a rookie last season too, starting 25 games with a 3.68 ERA and 169/46 K/BB ratio in 142 innings.

And now he’s facing 12-18 months on the sidelines, although at age 25 there’s plenty of time for Beachy to make his way back and reestablish himself as a top-of-the-rotation starter.

Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to rejoin the Braves’ rotation Friday against the Red Sox despite posting a 5.27 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    That is a shame. Here’s hoping that he comes back better than ever. Given the advancements in modern surgical techniques, I’m sure he will be mowing down hitters in no time. Anyway, I would like to pose a question in the form of a small vignette. Now most people will probably find it ridiculous, but I am hoping that it can spark some debate on what the limits of modern science should be in the sports world:
    Say I go rock climbing. While skipping through the mountains, I fall in a small crevice and a giant boulder pins my right arm. After exhausting all other possible solutions to the quandary, I determine that the only conceivable thing I can do maintain my life is to cut off my arm with a machete I happen to have in my nap-sack. Upon arriving at the hospital, the brilliant surgeons attach a bionic arm. Said arm is capable of throwing 102 MPH with pin point accuracy and able to throw a wicked change up and slider. My query is as follows….is there anything in the rule book preventing me from becoming an MLB pitcher with my bionic arm? If not, should provisions be in place in case that scenario arises? And lastly, what are your thoughts about the use of fake limbs in order to become a transcendent pitcher?

  2. ptfu - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Look up Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter who’s trying to be considered eligible for the Olympics.

    Regarding Brandon Beachy: wow, that sucks. I hope his surgery and recovery go well and that he can pitch again by spring training 2014. Reminds me how fragile pitchers are and to appreciate the ones we have today.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    This stinks. He has been lights out this year too. He is a local kid that I have been following since his days in High School. Too bad.

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