Aug 9, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy (37) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Brandon Beachy To Visit Dr. Andrews

“Atlanta Braves Brandon Beachy To Visit Dr. Andrews”, are words no one ever wants to hear.  Especially for the first place Braves has the chips keep falling.

Aug 20, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy (37) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As our own Fred reported earlier, Brandon Beachy will visit Dr. Andrews on Monday to figure out if anything is wrong with his elbow.  Brandon of course is trying to return from his first Tommy John Surgery that was last June.

Beachy last pitched on Tuesday when he went 6 innings giving up five hits, four runs while striking out four.  But he cruised through the first five innings of the game until the 6th inning.  Then all hell broke out and he gave up four runs.

After the game Beachy told reports “I was hitting spots.  When I’m hitting spots and getting ahead, putting guys on their heels a little bit, mixing it up well, I’m pretty effective,” Beachy said.  “But I just kind of ran into a buzz saw there in the sixth inning.”

Of the last seven fastballs in his last inning in New York, only one was over 90 mph.  His final pitch was 82 mph and he told Fredi “that was his fastball”

Then, the news broke on Thursday afternoon that Beachy had an MRI already and was on his way to Dr. Andrews on Monday.

Before the game, Manager Fredi Gonzalez spoke on Beachy, “We just didn’t like the way the last inning went in New York so he flew down to see Dr. Giraldi to get an MRI and he’s coming back here (St. Louis), he will be here this evening sometime.  But on Monday he is going to go see Dr. Andrews and he is going to check him out.  Who knows better than the guy who preformed the surgery.”

Currently few know the extent of the injury, but I do know one thing…when a player goes to see Dr. Andrews, it’s never a good sign.




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  • cheadrick

    Beginning to wonder if the Braves ought to have perhaps worked a touch harder to get a quality starter before the 31st of July came and went? After Paul’s shaky outing last night, and Beachy’s injury….. This is much bigger worry than JHey being out.

    • carpengui

      Yeah, this is exactly the scenario I worried about… note that Beachy or Medlen or Maholm might be able to make a couple of starts (really good ones, even); but that they wouldn’t be sustainable through the end of the year.

      Can we even get through a single DAY without another injury concern?

      • cheadrick

        Yeah, not looking very solid for the NLDS if we can’t have a solid rotation. I’ve felt confident that the bench will step up in Jhey’s absence, but pitching is getting dicey.

    • fireboss

      I hate to say I told you so (not specifically you old man :D ) but I’ve said since spring that relying on Beachy for 100 innings was silly and that Maholm was at best a 5th starter having his career year or in this case career 3 months. Medlen’s disappointed me Teheran surprised me and Minor been what I expected after the last half of last season. However the starting pitcher market was thin and not much there I wanted – ask the O’s about Bud Norris. It would have taken an innovative move to get a good one and Wren isn’t into innovative anything. He can however get an above replacement outfielder and stop relying on the Gattis magic that since June has produced a line of .190/.252/.293. It might not win us a world series but getting past round one would be nice

      • cheadrick

        Yeah Fred, I couldn’t agree more. Beachy was always an iffy proposition in my mind, and while we’re still waiting on news, a trip to Dr. Andrews is almost news in itself. Something more should’ve been done when Huddy first went down, instead of relying on Wood (although he’s been good) and hopes for a nice Beachy return. When Maholm started struggling in May, that was also a red flag. Pitching has slowly eroded all year, and time may well have run out.

  • Joseph Fain

    I am not as worried about our rotation in the playoffs (although that is a little bit of a concern given the lack of post season experience) as we can go with three starters (Minor / Teheran / Medlen) and have Wood as the long man should one of those guys blow up early in the game. The bigger issue is whether we are able to play well enough over the rest of the regular season to capture home field advantage which I think is really critical for the Braves to have any real success in the playoffs, especially against the Dodgers in the NLCS.

    As far as Beachy goes, I think there is the potential that this is just part of his recovery (e.g., breaking up of scar tissue in the elbow) and not a serious setback. But I do agree that we shouldn’t rely on him for much this season.

    I also agree that it made sense in theory for the Braves to pursue a starter prior to the deadline, but that there really didn’t seem to be much quality available in the market.

    It really is staggering how many injuries this team has had. We really are due for some good luck (can we say Uggla hot streak?).

    • cheadrick

      Yeah, the problem appears to be increasingly just getting to the NLCS intact. You are correct, that pitching a 3 man will work fine, but pitching in general is teetering on the brink, and can suffer few if any more setbacks. I don’t know that post-season experience matters as much as some think, so I might be tempted to use the stronger and more controlled Wood arm than a Meds, but that’s a debate a ways away at this point. We did have some options for another starter, but Wren didn’t see fit to pursue, which is now a moot point. It’s holding down the fort for another 6 weeks and more I’m afraid. Love to see that Uggla or BJ hot streak kick in, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • fireboss

      There’s no need to fear, Freddy Garcia is here… or at least at Gwinnett….