Brandon Beachy May Need Second Tommy John Surgery

The Braves have already experienced a critical blow to their rotation with the likelihood that Kris Medlen will have to undergo Tommy John surgery for a second time. Now, the biceps tightness that right-hander Brandon Beachy felt in his most recent Spring Training outing may lead to a worst-case scenario outcome as well; MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that Beachy could also be in line for his second Tommy John surgery. According to Bowman, Beachy was apparently told that the injury was confined to his biceps earlier in the week, which is why he conveyed such confidence to the media on Monday when asked about his ailing arm (Twitter links). Bowman quotes him as saying, "Now it looks like it might be something else."

Bowman tweets that both Medlen and Beachy will meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, with Medlen likely receiving a final opinion after having already met with Andrews earlier in the week. The loss of both Medlen and Beachy would be crushing to the Braves, although it would be somewhat offset by the team's recent one-year signing of Ervin Santana. Still, even with Santana in the mix, the club would go from a projected rotation of Medlen, Beachy, Julio Teheran, Mike Minor and Alex Wood/Gavin Floyd to Teheran, Minor, Santana, Wood and a combination of Floyd, Freddy Garcia and David Hale. And of course, Minor is expected to miss the first two weeks of the season as well.

Beachy first underwent Tommy John surgery midway through a breakout 2012 campaign in which he posted an even 2.00 ERA over his first 81 innings. He rehabbed from the surgery and made a respectable return effort in 2013, posting a 4.50 ERA over 30 innings. Medlen's previous Tommy John surgery was performed back in August of 2010.


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95 Comments on "Brandon Beachy May Need Second Tommy John Surgery"


sourbob
1 year 4 months ago

I don’t think God likes your team, Braves fans. You have my sympathies. It’s shaping up to be a rough year. At least you were able to get Santana.

Jim
1 year 4 months ago

God’s clearly a Mets fan.

HobokenMetsFan
1 year 4 months ago

ha!

MB923
1 year 4 months ago

No, God is a Cubs fan

davengmusic
1 year 4 months ago

so you’re saying god is a loser? that’s pretty bold of you.

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

Well he’s certainly not a Yankees fan after he sent a plague of midges after them in 2008

Jeff
1 year 4 months ago

Nah, the Mets are just Satan with the way all these terrible injuries occur vs the Mets. Hudson, Heyward, it goes on.

MetsEventually
1 year 4 months ago

Woah, no way. God is clearly a NATS fan. Mets lose Harvey and Hefner and at least 2 players every year since 2008.

Pei Kang
1 year 4 months ago

then you haven’t been watching the Mets

Seamaholic
1 year 4 months ago

When it rains it pours … As a fan of a team that has been decimated by injuries as well, I empathize.

jury_rigger
1 year 4 months ago

You’re welcome, Nats fans

Natsfan89
1 year 4 months ago

Uh, thanks…I guess? Nobody likes to see anybody get hurt man. Unless the person getting hurt is Bryce Harper. Lots of folks seem to be cool with that.

jury_rigger
1 year 4 months ago

Just adding a bit of levity to a disastrous situation

Paclypse71
1 year 4 months ago

Or Yasiel Puig.

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

Don’t forget A-rod

Colin Christopher
1 year 4 months ago

Nobody liked to see Bruce Harper get hurt, either. Good player and a good dude. He’s still Fireman Ed’s favorite.

Natsfan89
1 year 4 months ago

Nah there were plenty of people who liked seeing him get hurt. Of course that might be because the gif of him running into that wall is hilarious.

dieharddodgerfan
1 year 4 months ago

Wow, so BOTH Beachy and Medlen would be undergoing their 2nd TJ surgery?! That’s rough!

Personally, I hate to see injuries and I hope they can both bounce back.

Braves’ rotation does take quite a hit. I guess the silver lining is it happened in the Spring so they have time to adjust their plan for the season.

Teufelshunde4
1 year 4 months ago

Braves tend to stick to a hard budget. Santana deal went something like 10 million over that budget according to Frank Wren on busters podcast yesterday. If Beachy is out the only way to improve is through trade. And we know other teams will leverage the Braves for talent if it comes to that.

Trock
1 year 4 months ago

Do you think this increases Braves odds of making a play for Shark from the Cubs?

Ron Loreski
1 year 4 months ago

The door for the Marlins to finish 2nd keeps opening wider and wider.

sourbob
1 year 4 months ago

Heh heh. No.

Ron Loreski
1 year 4 months ago

Why not? They have young pitching with tons of upside. Its not like the Mets and Philles are any good.

Seamaholic
1 year 4 months ago

Marlins are going to be awful. They have a lot of good young arms but they’re a year or two away. In 2014 they should finish last again, easily.

Teufelshunde4
1 year 4 months ago

Marlins always have talent. Loria is the ultimate team killer.

Nathan Justice
1 year 4 months ago

They’ll have to unlock that cellar door first

Paclypse71
1 year 4 months ago

Seems like Dr. Andrews has been a little subpar with his surgeries lately. He must want the repeat business.

Ron Loreski
1 year 4 months ago

He is 72. I hear after 70, surgeon’s “stuff” starts to decline.

Pete Harnisch
1 year 4 months ago

Unless the surgeon is on PEDs!

Lucas Kschischang
1 year 4 months ago

I doubt Dr. Andrews is performing the surgeries now. He has a huge team.

Stimbot
1 year 4 months ago

Fire the trainer now.

erg
1 year 4 months ago

I blame Dan Uggla.

FTNS
1 year 4 months ago

The Floyd signing is looking a hell of a lot better right about now

Clyde Murphy
1 year 4 months ago

Who’s to say Floyd won’t need a 2nd TJ? Or won’t have “minor” (major) set backs?

Seamaholic
1 year 4 months ago

Takes a couple years before the 2nd TJ kicks in. Seriously, there has always been a significant danger of having 2nd surgeries for TJ cases. We’ve gotten used to thinking once it’s done it’s done. But that’s not true and never has been.

bravo_84
1 year 4 months ago

Took about 5 starts for Beachy.

mmiller54
1 year 4 months ago

A lot like Daniel Hudson, sadly. Both have so much potential but have been derailed by injuries.

FTNS
1 year 4 months ago

We’ll see when the time comes?

Nate
1 year 4 months ago

Does Dr. Andrews offer BOGO?

calabio
1 year 4 months ago

Looks like the cubs are gona be expecting a phone call….”heyyy Theo…im ready to over pay for shark…”

Seamaholic
1 year 4 months ago

Except that what the Braves mostly have to trade is young pitchers, which is exactly what they WON’T want to trade right now.

calabio
1 year 4 months ago

Desperate times. You let go what you have most of and cubs want pitching. An braves got it. But I agree with u

MLFBGlenn
1 year 4 months ago

So they are inferring that Beacy needs surgery because he’s seeing Dr. Andrews? Am I missing something here?

Paclypse71
1 year 4 months ago

TJ surgery is always assumed to be imminent if Dr. Andrews’ name is mentioned.

Nathan Justice
1 year 4 months ago

Dr. Andrews is like the grim reaper of a baseball season.

DontForgetTheAlcohol
1 year 4 months ago

Time to call up Ben Cherington

NYBravosFan10
1 year 4 months ago

Try to look on the bright side I guess. Freddy Garcia, Alex Wood and David Hale are serviceable pitchers and Mike Minor will be back soon. Plus I wasn’t expecting a whole lot out of Beachy anyway. Let’s not jump to conclusions and immediately consider the season lost.

bravesnjays
1 year 4 months ago

I might be in the minority, but I am not really worried about the current projected rotation. What worries me is the absolute lack of depth should Floyd experience a setback and/or any other of these guys gets injured (which is bound to happen). We basically have zero players with big league experience past Hale in the farm.

daveineg
1 year 4 months ago

De Nile is a river in Egypt is it not?

NYBravosFan10
1 year 4 months ago

Your report card…
Geography-A+
Psychology-F

FTNS
1 year 4 months ago

Time for Rick Vaughn to come out of retirement

k26dp
1 year 4 months ago

The Indians still own his rights.

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

And the Braves are still all but guaranteed a top-2 finish in their division. The rotation without Medlen is a lot more questionable, and the lack of depth without Beachy leaves them with something like Minor, Tehran, Santana, Wood, Hale. But that’s a serviceable enough rotation given their talented young lineup to contend. The playoffs would be where the loss of Medlen would really sting.

Nathan Justice
1 year 4 months ago

Pssssh. I’m a Braves fan. They’d lose in the 1st round with Medlen. haha.

daveineg
1 year 4 months ago

A top 2 finish is quite possible in that division with 77 wins. But playoffs? That’s a different story.

westcoastwhitesox
1 year 4 months ago

Sounds like the braves need to send their training/medical staff down to the minors.

JamieMoyer
1 year 4 months ago

They have a -2.3 WART (wins above replacement trainer) by my calculations.

sourbob
1 year 4 months ago

Do the Braves have room to sign Jeff Karstens or Jeff Niemann and stash them somewhere while they recover from surgery? Would that even help? Projection systems like Karstens, if he can come back. Not sure how his prognosis is. And even if he can come back, the Braves may not have room, given that they’re already doing something similar with Gavin Floyd.

There really aren’t a lot of good options right now for more starting pitching depth.

Seamaholic
1 year 4 months ago

Forgot about Niemann. He’s not terrible.

Nathan Justice
1 year 4 months ago

I knew it. If it was just Medlen they wouldn’t have gone over budget with Santana. They were bluffing on the seriousness of Beachy’s arm issues.

Me
1 year 4 months ago

I wouldn’t be so sure about this, I think they brought in Floyd as a contingency plan for Beachy because they were “not hopeful” that he could contribute well after last year. It was supposed to be Minor, Medlen, and Teheran that were the main contributors to the rotation (as it was last year) with some help from Wood and Beachy.

Jeffy25
1 year 4 months ago

Two tj’s two braves players, one week.

Very odd

rundmc1981
1 year 4 months ago

And Jonny Venters coming back from one now. Take a look at the list and it’s not promising after the 2nd one, even coming from the words of Dr. Andrews. That’s not to say that Medlen/Beachy/Venters couldn’t be the firsts.

But from the human side of it, I can’t imagine the disappointment, anxiety and patience needed to get through this. I guess it’s good that they each other to lean on during the rehab – if that’s a silver lining.

Sufferfortribe
1 year 4 months ago

That’s still not a bad rotation to be left with. I liked what I saw of Minor and especially Wood. And it’s also a good balance of lefties and righties. Tribe has no LHP in their rotation. Now, any more injuries to your pitching could really be trouble. But what I always tell my Mom, a Braves fan, is that you guys seem to produce pitching non-stop. Wish my Indians could do as well as you. Go Braves! Go Tribe!