No, Brandon Beachy hasn’t made his MLB debut in 2013, but he is taking steps to make that happen in the near future.
Beachy threw 45 pitches, allowing two earned runs in three innings of work on Tuesday night for Triple-A Gwinnett. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out a batter in his first rehabilitation start since June 13.
The righty was scheduled to join the Atlanta Braves rotation for a June 18 start against the New York Mets in a doubleheader. However, he felt discomfort in his elbow that was labeled as inflammation, leading the Braves to scratch his return and prolong the rehab process.
The Braves have yet to announce a timetable for a possible return for Beachy, but it’s likely he’ll make a couple more rehab starts in the minors with a MLB return near August.
It also remains unclear how general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez will fit Beachy on the staff. They have maintained the position of “things work themselves out.” In my eyes, this translates as placing a starter on the disabled list (possibly Tim Hudson or Julio Teheran) for “arm fatigue” in an attempt to keep arms fresh for the stretch run— with the assumption nothing major happens between now and then.
Nevertheless, Braves fans should be encouraged that Beachy felt “good” after the start and showed much better command in throwing 64 percent of his pitches for strikes (55 percent in his last rehab start). The process has seemingly been slow, but Tuesday night was another baby step for Beachy in his attempt at a return to Atlanta in 2013.