The season for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. At first he was slated to come back from Tommy John Surgery around mid-June. That was taken back because of complications. Those were finally worked out but he was to be thrust into the rotation because of Tim Hudson’s injury. He then responded near perfectly and had pitched wonderfully before things turned down again with a scare after his last start.
Man, I’m tired just typing about all those ups and downs. To Beachy’s credit he has been upbeat about it all along but it sure scared the pants off of every Braves’ fan on the planet. The news came back this week that there is no damage to his surgically repaired elbow but only some natural inflammation. Former Braves pitcher John Smoltz had suggested that was probably the situation. The moral of the story is that Beachy probably will be able to return before the end of the season and certainly should be available in some aspect in the playoffs.
That is what passes for the news of the second half for the Braves. It seems like one thing after the other has happened to this team and yet they keep winning. The Beachy news is a good sign that things could be turning around for the team as far as luck goes. Perhaps this will be the first step towards what will be the Braves finally having things going their way during the MLB Postseason.