LHP Mike Minor will start on Sunday in place of RHP Brandon Beachy. Beachy will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 22, 2013
While the Braves haven’t said why Beachy is visiting. Dr. Andrews , the fact that he has to go back at all is cause for concern.
Update: David O’Brien just tweeted that Beachy had an MRI.
#Braves Beachy had MRI in Atlanta on Wed., will see Dr Andrews on Mon. Elbow didnt feel right on final pitches of last start.
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) August 22, 2013
Beachy had looked to be getting better each start but his last time out his control wasn’t as sharp and while he lasted 6 innings he had runners on base in every inning but one and to steal an old cliché he wasn’t fooling anyone. That it was the Mets and not a better hitting team probably kept him from an early shower.
UPDATE 19:26 CST:
The AJC reports that Beachy’s fastball velocity dropped significantly in his last inning of work, his last two were closed at 82 and 85MPH.
“(Beachy) said it just didn’t feel right, the elbow area,” Gonzalez said. “He goes, ‘You know that last pitch I threw? That was a fastball.’ I thought it was a changeup…. We ended up pinch-hitting for him, so nobody (in the media) knew anything about it.”
The Braves decided to get a closer look so he flew back to Atlanta to have an MRI that was inconclusive which is what you usually hear after an arm has had surgery like his. He will visit Dr. Andrews who performed his surgery on Monday. The Braves hope it’s just inflammation like he experienced earlier in the year and that rest will cure that. This kind of reaction is fairly normal following TJ surgery. Velocity will yo-yo and control will come and go which is why I warned against expecting 0ver 100 innings from Beachy after he returned. No surgery is routine and no two pitchers are exactly alike and R.A. Dickey proved when it was found he had to ligament in the elbow to begin with. The stresses on each are while similar are different. and every recovery while similar are different.
We’ve been hearing all year, what do we do when <insert pitcher’s name here> returns. This year proves that all old adages aren’t myths; there is no such thing as too much starting pitching.