Apparently he’s feeling okay…. though some might question his need for a hobby, as Brandon Beachy tweeted this set of ‘selfie’ pics out on Saturday via twitter, entitled ‘YMCA’.
Brandon Beachy has resumed his rehab appearances at Gwinnett after taking about 3 weeks off to rest his surgically-repaired arm. Two appearances thus far… oddly enough with the same home plate umpire in both games in two different cities. Go figure. But the news right now is “so far, so good.”
Tuesday, July 9, versus Jair Jurrjens and the Norfolk Tides (Orioles).
3 innings, 3 hits and 2 earned runs allowed. 1 strikeout, 1 walk. Faced 12 batters, threw 45 pitches and was credited with 29 strikes.
Gwinnett lost that game 4-3. I think I can argue that Beach outpitched Jurrjens, though Gwinnett was unable to push runners home all night: 9 hits through Jurrjens’ six innings, yet only 1 run was scored in that time. Another former Braves (Jairo Ascencio) closed out the game for Norfolk.
Sunday July 14 versus the Durham Bulls.
4 innings, 4 hits and 1 earned run allows. 4 strikeouts (including 2 in the 4th inning) and 2 walks. Faced 18 batters, threw 70 pitches with 43 strikes. Saw a report indicating that his fastball topped out at 93 mph, which sounds about right for him.
Please keep in mind that the oft-reported timetable for pitchers to return from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery is 13-14 months… sometimes longer. He is now sitting at 13 months post-op, so he’s still right on that kind of schedule.
Beachy’s next start would normally be on Friday. I don’t know right now if the AAA All-Star game will mess that up (Wednesday), but he’ll likely make at least one more start (if not two) before being evaluated to return to the majors. Stay tuned.