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MLB Injury News:
There is good news and bad news surrounding the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation regarding two injured pitchers. The good news is about lefty Paul Maholm and his chances of returning to the rotation next week. The bad news continues to haunt right-hander Brandon Beachy. His season may very well be over. Here are the latest updates on the two starters via MLB.com's Braves beat writer Mark Bowman.
Fredi said there is a chance Maholm will make a start next week. But it's starting to seem like Beachy's season is complete.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) September 12, 2013
Left-hander Paul Maholm had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed no structural damage in his left elbow. Maholm last pitched on September 8, and manager Fredi Gonzalez believes that Maholm will make another next start next week. He may need a few extra days of rest, but he appears fine after feeling discomfort in his pitching elbow in each of his last two starts -- even though he pitched effectively. He has pitched six innings or less in each of his last seven starts. Maholm is 10-10 with a 4.35 ERA in 24 starts.
Rookie David Hale will make his Major League debut Friday night against San Diego when he starts in Maholm's place.
Right-hander Brandon Beachy has made only five starts this year between July 29 and August 20, and he likely will not pitch again this year. He had returned from Tommy John surgery that ended his 2012 season last June. He is currently sidelined with right elbow inflammation, but his MRI two weeks ago also showed no structural damage. The inflammation is still there -- enough to keep him from returning to the rotation. He has battled the problem since rehabbing from the surgery. He ends the season at 2-1, 4.50 ERA.
The Braves can afford the loss for the remainder of the season. They lead the National League East by 11 games with 16 left to play at the close of play on September 12. They lead the Majors in ERA and are fourth in the National League in runs scored. They would love to have Beachy, but the postseason still looks very bright.
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