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And down goes another: Brandon Beachy leaves a start early due to biceps tightness

Mar 10, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

The Braves looked great on paper heading into spring training. Too bad they don’t play baseball on paper. They play it on grass and dirt, and since they started doing that Atlanta has had two pitchers leave games early due to injury.

Kris Medlen left a game yesterday due to a forearm strain. He’s having an MRI today, but it could very easily be a serious injury given how pitchers leaving games abruptly with forearm strains tend to pan out.  Now, another: Brandon Beachy:



He can say that, but hoo-boy, that has to be worrisome for Atlanta’s brass. Brass which didn’t make a ton of offseason additions and thus was depending on Medlen and Beachy to anchor the rotation.

  1. Pat Richardson - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Panic Ervin Santana signing?

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Perhaps not. They just got Zach Stewart for “cash considerations”.

      • paperlions - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        I’m sure Santana is available for “cash considerations”.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Santana is certainly available for “cash considerations’; but, can the Braves afford to pay him the cash he wants, and do they want to give up the draft pick?

    • jwbiii - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:51 PM


      Hearing from person connected to Royals that #Braves could be making a run at Santana.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) March 10, 2014

      • Pat Richardson - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        Now that they might be considering it… anybody in the greater Atlanta area have a glove and willing to try out? Please?

  2. emdash01 - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Beachy can’t be terribly surprising, as he never came back all the way healthy last year and can’t reasonably have been expected to contribute close to 200 innings. The Braves front office must have a lot of trust in guys like Alex Wood and David Hale’s ability to step in and contribute a lot as starters, or in Freddie Garcia not being Freddie Garcia. And/or Gavin Floyd’s health. Their pitching depth is something I’m surprised wasn’t addressed more in the offseason.

    • scott rogers - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      well, I’m not sure if you follow the Braves or not, but GM Frank Wren is kind of a dunce, so it’s not too surprising.

      • chc4 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Is he? I actually think he’s done a solid job for a team with payroll restrictions. 96 wins last year with a self-imposed $90m cap? You can point to the BJ Upton signing but all GMs have bad signing on their resumes. And I don’t recall anyone not liking the Uggla deal for Atlanta at the time. Who knew the guy would tank starting at age 30?

        On the other hand the Justin Upton/Chris Johnson trade sure worked out. Much of the young talent was drafted under his watch. The bullpen has been outstanding. Wren is done a solid job IMO.

      • emdash01 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        I’m a Nats fan, but I think he’s good at everything except free agent signings, though maybe a little aggressive about extensions. A top-ten GM, though, certainly.

  3. El Bravo - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Sad face.

  4. 13yrsmlbvet - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Braves are known for antiquated training methods

  5. gloccamorra - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    No big deal. They’ll just pull up starters from the minors who will get the job done.

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