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MRI confirms no structural damage in Brandon Beachy’s elbow

Jun 15, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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Braves starter Brandon Beachy, hoping to return to the team after a year-long recuperation from Tommy John surgery, suffered a setback after his last rehab outing. Beachy was reported to have felt mild tenderness in his elbow, so the Braves scheduled him for an MRI. The results are in, and Beachy’s elbow shows on structural damage, reports Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

There was mild inflammation and some fluid build-up in the elbow, so Beachy will be sidelined until that improves, but the team views it as only a minor setback. The Braves were hoping he would be ready to be activated in time for Tuesday’s double-header against the Mets, but will instead have to scramble to find another substitute.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Look no further than the headline picture: nasty inverted W. This won’t be the last time we’ll hear of elbow problems for Beachy. Nothing against the guy, but we’re bound to hear how good he would’ve been had he not gotten injured, but his mechanics will be to blame – totally on him.

    • paperlions - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      How long until the myth of the inverted W fades? The inverted W is, in short, BS. The mechanical problem that puts stress on the elbow has to do with the upper arm lagging behind the rest of the delivery. Nearly every pitcher can be photographed with an “inverted W” profile, just look at the photo of Kershaw on the next story…taken a fraction of a second earlier and he would be in the same position.

  2. scdocal - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    What do you know about beachys mechanics. He is coming off tommy John surgery and it is common at this point to feel stiffness in the elbow. There is no damage to the elbow and he is a young kid. I have not doubt that after the all star break he will be a top rotation starter

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      You can wish in one hand and shit in the other, see which one fills up first. We’re talking about a guy who went undrafted out of college due to his elbow. If say elbow problems are a recurring theme at this point.

      And while you’re at it, google “inverted W” – educate yourself.

      • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        *I’d say, not If say

      • paperlions - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Right back at you buddy:

        http://baseballthinktank.com/the-inverted-w-the-real-story/

        http://baseballthinktank.com/the-case-for-the-inverted-w-part-2/

        http://baseballthinktank.com/the-case-for-the-inverted-w-part-3/

        http://baseballthinktank.com/the-case-for-the-inverted-w-part-4/

      • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        @paperlions – at this point, you could say either position on the inverted W is conjecture. Great, you have an article with some physics and engineering guys – but no empiricism. Dice it however you want, the guy has terrible mechanics; I’m inclined to think it starts with the inverted W.

        If there were odds on Beachy’s future, I’d be willing to bet he’ll have at least one more right elbow surgery within the next five years. When he does, I’ll repost this thread for you.

      • paperlions - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        You could say that….but you would be wrong.

        There is no evidence whatsoever that having an inverted W during the delivery is linked to UCL problems. There has been a lot of study and the data aren’t consistent with that conclusion AND the biomechanics studies show that starting the intent to throw early (which causes the inverted W) does not cause stress on the UCL, it is the point in the delivery when the forearm is above the elbow that causes the stress.

        One position is based on research, the other is based on a theory by a baseball writer with no expertise and has been solidly refuted by the data.

      • detigers84 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        He was undrafted because he was a corner infielder for Indiana Weslyan, and he barely pitched in high school or college. You don’t know anything about this kid. His mechanics are fine, and he’ll be back at 100% soon.

  3. Stiller43 - Jun 16, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    “Look no further than the headline picture: nasty inverted W.”
    _______________________

    Isnt an inverted W an M?

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Verducci named it, blame him.

      • paperlions - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        No, Verducci didn’t name it.

  4. aldub2010 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    that’s funny because beachy was thought of as a 3rd base prospect that’s why he was not drafted. a braves scout saw him pitch and they gave him a chance. he has never had elbow issues in the past. if elbow issues and mechanics is the braves worries why would they draft woods in 2nd round. have u seen his awkward delivery.

  5. thunderstruck772000 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Reading this I get that almost all of you are MLB pitching coaches and still had time to go to med. school and specialize in orthopedics hes a young kid who just had a major surgery if any of u have actually played sports instead of just writing about others that have if u do get a injury that requires surgery your stiff for a long time even after therapy give the kid a chance when he was healthy he looked good to me and thats hard for me to say cause im sure not a Braves fan I just dont think most of you are remotely qualifyed to make the comments you have.

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