One of the games of Tuesday’s doubleheader with the New York Mets was to see the return of Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy, who underwent Tommy John surgery around a year ago and has recently been rehabbing in the minor leagues.
Unfortunately, the best-laid plans were not to be. Beachy’s comeback has been pushed back after a Friday MRI, which came just a day after his final start for Triple-A Gwinnett, revealed inflammation around his surgically-repaired right elbow.
While the setback is thought to be a minor one, it’s still frustrating for all involved, particularly Beachy, who was looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow rotation mates Tim Hudson and Kris Medlen, who have each experienced success following their respective Tommy John procedures.
When it was revealed that the 26-year-old Beachy would have to go under the knife last June, he was in the middle of the best stretch of his young career, having gone 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts. He had struck out 68 and walked 29 in 81 innings while establishing himself as the club’s ace.
Beachy likely won’t return to form right away, but with his big arm and the vast amount of pitchers who have come back strong from Tommy John surgery and even improved upon what they were doing prior, it’s altogether possible that the Kokomo, IN product could become Atlanta’s number-one starter once again, although he’ll find competition in the form of left-hander Mike Minor, who presently owns that distinction.
For now Beachy will have to sit back and watch as rookie southpaw Alex Wood, who has made six appearances out of the bullpen since being called up in late May, makes his first major league start.
All we can do is hold out hope that next time things go according to plan.