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Braves hoping to get Brandon Beachy back in June

Jan 31, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Brandon Beachy is seven months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery and the Braves right-hander told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that everything has gone well with his rehab so far.

“I’m just checking days off the calendar,” Beachy said. “I feel good. I haven’t really come across any serious hurdles. I’m just easing along.”

Beachy was leading the National League with a 2.00 ERA when he blew out his elbow in mid-June. Bowman reports that he’s currently throwing on flat ground from 120 feet and likely won’t get back on a mound for another month, but “there’s some hope Beachy will return in late June.”

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Is Beachy keen to come back that soon?

  2. APBA Guy - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    If you look at recent TJ guys, even if they come back after 12 months, it’s still another 3 months before their command and endurance are restored. And for young pitchers the thinking now is to limit their workload for the following 12 months.

    So Beachy may return in June or July, but fans should only expect that the Braves will be very careful with him for the rest of the season.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Totally agree. Even though the timing of the injury and return were different, Kris Medlen is a good recent example of how the Braves handle TJ rehab. Would expect that Beachy wouldn’t start any games until after the all-star break at a minimum.

    • voteforno6 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      What I remember from when Zimmermann and Strasburg came back is that pretty much every other start was poor for them. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same from Beachy. Because of that, he’ll probably be under strict pitch limits, at least initially.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Absolutely 6. Same thing happend with Adam Wainwright (more or less).
        The consistency just wasnt their initially. Which I attribute to conditioning more than anything. Dudes can’t possibly expect to have the leg strength after the long layoff that accompanies TJ surgery.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Some put no stock in it, but look at that picture: the dreaded inverted W, elbows above the shoulders.

    Hope like heck this kid comes back and dazzles once again, but some pitching mechanic needs to help him retool that delivery to reduce that stress on elbows and shoulders.

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