The bad news with regards to the Braves rotation has gotten even worse; Brandon Beachy is now scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews, along with rotation mate Kris Medlen (who is getting a second opinion) on Monday.
This is truly awful news following earlier news from this week that Kris Medlen will likely need TJ surgery, which in essence boosted Beachy’s importance in returning to the staff as a healthy member. If both are to go down and require surgery, the Braves rotation will likely feature one of David Hale or Freddy Garcia out of the 5th spot at least until Gavin Floyd is 100% (mid-May being the best case scenario). It wasn’t that long ago that Alex Wood was considered to be this guy, and now he is our #2 man.
It’s quite possible that the Braves expected (or feared) bad news with regards to Beachy, who has never really looked right since making his return to the majors last season, and thus decided to make their big move for Ervin Santana. Regardless of how you felt back then, it now appears that making the signing was truly essential now.
The Braves rotation isn’t fully decimated, as we still have Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, and Alex Wood, but it just lost some valuable (and already known) depth. With Hale/Garcia manning the back end of our staff for now, our minor league depth options start with J.R. Graham, Aaron Northcraft, and Cody Martin.
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