What goes up, must come down. The Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation is definitely on the down side after the news that surfaced today through the team’s beat writer through MLB.com, Mark Bowman, who said that Brandon Beachy will be going to see Dr. James Andrews with Kris Medlen next Monday.
What does this mean? Well, for those who don’t know, Medlen and Beachy both left their last start with some type of arm discomfort. Medlen has already announced that he will have his second elbow reconstructive surgery, and it seems that Beachy will also go on to have his second surgery since June 2012.
As I stated earlier in the week, to me, Beachy was the most important injured pitcher for the Braves, seeing as the hole Medlen left was filled with the signing of Ervin Santana. Now, the rotation will most likely receive both Freddy Garcia and Alex Wood, with one of them spending quite a bit of time in the rotation this season.
His importance was a spot in the rotation that was held down by a 37-year-old pitcher that has a career 3.23 career ERA. He was also a spot that would allow Garcia to just spend time in the rotation until Gavin Floyd returns from injury or allow Wood to help the bullpen with the lack of left handed pitchers late in the game.
The loss of Beachy may provide challenges to the Braves, and that challenges will be hard to overcome. They will need either Garcia or Wood to step up for an extended period of time during the season. If Garcia continues to struggle in Spring Training, it will be hard to make a case for him.
It’d be better to just have Beachy back.