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A season-ending injury to Tim Hudson could have crippled the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation, but the addition of Brandon Beachy may help soften the blow.
Beachy returns to make his first start in more than a year as Atlanta hosts the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
The Braves (60-45) hold an 8 1/2-game lead on Washington as they seek their first NL East title since 2005. Hudson, though, suffered a broken right ankle while covering first base in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the New York Mets and will be recovering for the next four months after surgery.
Hudson had won four straight outings, but his spot in the rotation will be filled by Beachy, who had an NL-leading 2.00 ERA when he injured his elbow June 16, 2012, in a loss to Baltimore.
After having Tommy John surgery, Beachy went through a grueling rehab process before being cleared to start Monday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Beachy will be limited to about 100 pitches.
"(It's) like getting a big piece in a trade at the deadline. Before he got hurt he was one of the most dominant pitchers in the National League,'' Gonzalez said. ''I don't think he'll be that his first time out, but I think he'll be close.''
The right-hander said he's ready to go.
''I feel good now and I've felt good ever since that point I was shut down,'' Beachy said. "I'm going to go out there and take the ball and keep it until they take it away from me.''
Gonzalez, though, said no one person can replace Hudson.
''Nobody needs to be Huddy,'' Gonzalez said. ''Nobody needs to be the ace or that kind of label. Believe me, I'm going to fight that the next two months when we're pitching well. Collectively, I think, as a unit you circle the wagons, you go out there and you get those three performances that we had (recently).''
Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa is proof that a successful return from Tommy John surgery is possible after he had the procedure done in 2011 before missing most of the 2012 season.
De La Rosa (10-5, 2.97 ERA) has been stellar this year and is 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA over his last seven starts after pitching six scoreless innings in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Miami. He said a sore left thumb hasn't been a factor.
"I've been pitching with that for a while,'' De La Rosa said.
The left-hander hasn't faced the Braves since giving up two runs in seven innings of a 5-2 victory Aug. 24, 2010. He'll look to help the Rockies get their 10-game road trip started on a positive note after a 6-5 win over Milwaukee on Sunday.
Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki hit two of the four homers for Colorado (51-55), which went 5-5 on its homestand. A mediocre trip may damage its chances to catch the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, though.
''We know we're a talented team. We know we can compete with anyone in the league,'' Cuddyer said. ''We've just got to be consistent. Hopefully (Sunday) was a stepping stone for that.''
Colorado, though, has dropped 14 of the last 18 meetings with Atlanta, which completed a three-game sweep of NL-best St. Louis with Sunday's 5-2 victory. Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs batting leadoff for the second straight game, while Chris Johnson had three hits and scored three times.
The Braves have won eight of the last nine home matchups with the Rockies.
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ATLANTA -- Before Brandon Beachy took the mound Monday night, Braves general manager Frank Wren sat atop the navy-blue padded backing of the home dugout's bench discussing deadline deals, offensive improvement and team health. Eventually talk shifted to Beachy, who made his first major league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June.
Wren, looking rather energetic...
The Atlanta Braves were hoping to have both Brandon Beachy and Tim Hudson in their starting rotation this season. Unfortunately for Atlanta it wasn't meant to be, as Hudson went down with a season-ending ankle injury just before Beachy wrapped up his rehab assignment. Now, Beachy is taking Hudson's place in the Braves' rotation, as the right-hander is slated to make...
ATLANTA It wasnt as simple and putting it in plaster and hoping for the best.
Braves starter Tim Hudson underwent surgery on Friday to repair the season-ending fracture to his right fibula and torn deltoid ligament in his ankle. The injury occurred in the eighth inning of Atlanta's win over the Mets on Wednesday night.
The surgery came as no surprise to anyone who saw video...
Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy will make his first start in more than a year on Monday night against Colorado as he completes his comeback from elbow surgery.
The Braves confirmed Sunday that Beachy will come off the disabled list for his first start since right elbow ligament-replacement surgery in June 2012.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Beachy probably will be limited to about...
Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy will miss his next start due to elbow soreness sustained Tuesday night in a game at the New York Mets.
The Braves made the announcement Thursday before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Beachy (2-1, 4.50) allowed three earned runs and five hits in six innings of the 5-3 loss to the Mets. He was making his fifth start since returning...
The Atlanta Braves activated Brandon Beachy from the 15-day disabled list before his start against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Beachy missed 105 games dating back to June 16, 2012, against Baltimore, his last start before undergoing right elbow ligament replacement surgery.
Atlanta placed starter Paul Maholm on the DL to make room for Beachy on the 25-man roster. Maholm...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. A Brief Review of Brandon Beachy’s Season Debut
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule
A Brief Review of Brandon Beachy’s Season Debut
Undrafted out of Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008 following his junior year there, but subsequently signed that...
Braves starter Brandon Beachy fully recovered from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow will make his first start of the 2013 season on Monday against the Rockies reports David O’Brien. He is effectively taking Tim Hudson‘s spot in the rotation. Hudson was lost for the season on Wednesday after suffering a gruesome injury to his leg and ankle.
Brandon Beachy will make his first major league start in 13 months when he pitches on Monday against Colorado.
Beachy, 26, last pitched on June 16, 2012. The Braves right hander has been working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Expectations should be tempered as pitchers returning from Tommy John surgery typically have struggled in their initial returns to the mound.
It had been more than 13 months since Brandon Beachy pitched in the major leagues. And much longer since the Braves right-hander had given up seven runs in a game. As in never in his big-league career.
While Beachy’s first game back since Tommy John elbow surgery was hardly a rousing success Monday night his teammates picked him up twice erasing Colorado leads — including an...
With veteran starting pitcher Tim Hudson done for the season (and possibly his career) with the Atlanta Braves, the focus for trade needs might be shifting from relief pitching to starting pitching. Right now, all of the starters in the Braves rotation--or that could possibly be in it--have exactly one postseason start between them. For this reason, Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee
An Uggla hot streak would seal the regular season deal
The Atlanta Braves have opened up an eight game lead in the National League East race, but the season is far from over. So who are the three players that are key the rest of the season and into the playoffs?
Even before Tim Hudson‘s injury, I considered Brandon Beachy to be a key this season. Beachy was one of the top pitchers...
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Easier planned than executed...
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Eric Young Jr, who was scratched with a sore knee before the start of yesterday’s first game, is expected to return to the lineup today against the Nationals.
Young experienced soreness a day after his collision at first base with Tim Hudson on Thursday.
Young says he is not in any pain and proclaimed himself ready to play today.
“It felt a lot better today, Young said. “It’s...