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Brandon Beachy to see Dr. James Andrews

Aug 22, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

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As if the Braves hadn’t gotten enough bad news in the last day, Brandon Beachy, who returned from Tommy John surgery last month, will see Dr. James Andrews next week after experiencing a setback.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Beachy underwent an MRI on Wednesday, the results of which the Braves haven’t revealed.

Beachy was lit up in his first outing back for the Braves, but he had turned in four straight quality starts since and was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA overall. Fortunately, the Braves are getting Paul Maholm back, so they still have five starters with Beachy absent. They were believed to be weighing sending Kris Medlen to the pen to make room for Maholm.

Beachy underwent Tommy John surgery on June 21, 2012. He started working in extended spring training games in mid-May and made his first minor league rehab start on May 24 this year before suffering a minor setback in June that got him shut down for a couple of weeks. That pushed back his timetable about a month before he was officially activated on July 29.

The standard recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months, but these days, everyone seems to be aiming for 12, if not a little less. Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson underwent surgery on July 9, 2012, resumed pitching in the minors in mid-May of this year and then blew out his elbow again on June 5. He was trying to make it back in about 11 months. Beachy and the Braves were aiming for 12 months before his first setback. Perhaps pitchers and teams are getting too aggressive, especially given what’s at stake if there’s a setback.

  1. mississippimusicman - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    There just isn’t enough profanity in the English language to handle how I feel about this year’s Braves injuries.

    • flamethrower101 - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Yankees see your Braves’ injuries and raise you “The AROD Circus”

    • Yoda Wright You Are - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      The Mets see the Braves and Yankees and cry, because the Mets have had good health this year and still can only see the Braves in the standings via a telescope.

      • sfsugator - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        I’m a braves fan, but awesome telescope usage.

      • bravojawja - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Though if it weren’t for the Mets, the Braves’ health would be a whole lot better.

  2. duvisited - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    “Perhaps pitchers and teams are getting too aggressive, especially given what’s at stake if there’s a setback.”

    Thanks, doc.

  3. mississippimusicman - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    The Braves have had 21 different players on the Major-league DL this season.
    Before counting tonight’s game, they have a total of 941 player-days on the DL.

    That’s just brutal. It’s almost twice as many days missed (and will be over twice by the end of the season) as 2010, which was considered at the time to have been totally wrecked by injuries.

    (Source: @gondeee)

  4. teamo68 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Funny, everyone was clubbing the Nats about being cautious with Strasburg. Looks like they might have been right after all.

    • chc4 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Nope the Nats still blew it. Gotta go for the title when you have the chance. See this years Nats team for proof.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        So, I guess you would be willing to sacrifice your long-term health if that meant that your employer could make more money now, right?

      • teamo68 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        So, the Nats had the best record in baseball last year, lose in 5 games to a really good Cardinals team because the bullpen couldn’t hold a 4-run lead and it’s because they shut down Strasburg? Yes, this year may not have turned out as planned but, without Strasburg, you could forget about the next several years as well. But then again, when it’s a scrub like Beachy, I guess the Braves don’t need to be too careful.

      • neoshweaty - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Yeah, teamo68, nothing about what you said about Beachy is even remotely true. Before his injury, he was dominating.

  5. greymares - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Blame El Bravo

  6. Stiller43 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    How does James Andrews have any spare time at all?

    • hasbeen5 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      And he has to be like the richest guy in the world at this point right?

  7. Walk - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Normally when I see a pitcher come back from tommy john he throws a couple mph faster on his four seam fastball. Beachy prior to his injury regularly hit 94. This year I do not remember a fastball over 92 mph and a lot of 89 to 90. That is not a big deal but add in the fact he keeps leaving his curve up in the zone and that is giving cause for concern.

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