Tuesday, July 9, 2013
What happens when Beachy returns?
By Doug Mittler
The Atlanta Braves will soon have to make a very difficult decision once Brandon Beachy is ready to return to the rotation later following Tommy John surgery last summer.
After recovering well from a 50-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Beachy will make a rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Gwinnett, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta JC. It will be the Braves pitcher’s first game since his rehab assignment was shut down three weeks ago due to inflammation in his surgically repaired elbow.
Beachy will attempt to throw three innings and will be limited to 50-60 pitches.
Beachy could be back in a few weeks, just in time for the July 31 deadline, which only adds to the speculation that the Braves could deal a starter.
Barring another injury, the Braves have to move someone to the bullpen or make a trade. There is no obvious answer as to who gets bumped since all five starters – Tim Hudson, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Paul Maholm and Julio Teheran - have legitimate credentials.
Medlen is the only one of the current starting pitchers who has bullpen experience, but he recently told O’Brien that he has no desire to go back there.