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Brandon Beachy to have Tommy John surgery Friday

Mar 20, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

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In news that was all but inevitable, the Braves confirmed today that right-hander Brandon Beachy will undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery tomorrow. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttache in Los Angeles.

Like teammate Kris Medlen, who went under the knife earlier this week, this will be the second Tommy John surgery of Beachy’s career. However, while Medlen went 3 1/2 years between procedures, this will be Beachy’s second in the span of 21 months.

Beachy posted an excellent 3.07 ERA over his first 41 starts in the majors prior to his first Tommy John surgery in June of 2012, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews. There’s been nothing but frustration since. His return to the majors last season was delayed due to elbow inflammation and he made just five starts prior to having a bone chip removed in late September. Now the 27-year-old faces another lengthy rehab process which will likely sideline him through the early part of next season. Here’s hoping he can still deliver on some of that early promise.

  1. twenty1miles - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Not a Braves fan but always liked Beachy. Here’s hoping to a full recovery.

  2. jjohnb5393 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    James Andrews must be losing his touch…

    • baberuthslegs - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:48 AM

      No, there are so many players needing surgery they had to get more doctors.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Or players who’ve had the surgery haven’t changed their mechanics.

      • Reflex - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        This right here.

  3. gothapotamus90210 - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Let me guess, the Braves can hope to get similar production out of Gavin Floyd! Ignore that he’s coming off major shoulder surgery! He will harness his inner-Brave and throw 220 IP! They still have one of the top rotations in baseball!!!

    Yes, I know, injuries are unfortunate, but part of the game. They’re also a part of a player’s total package. It’s not as though Medlen or Beachy had a contact injury like Chapman. If one’s mechanics or general ability to take wear-and-tear lead to injury, it’s really no different than saying a pitcher is ineffective because he can only throw 87 MPH. In both instances, one’s physical make-up lead to said scenarios.

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