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 his season debut tonight.
Beachy was initially set to rejoin the Braves earlier this season, but he suffered a setback well into his initial rehab assignment. He's since resumed throwing and recently completed his assignment, telling reporters -- including Eric Single of MLB.com -- that he's felt good since restarting his rehab.
"I feel good now, and I've felt good ever since I
started up again from that little shut-down period," Beachy said.
Beachy tossed a final side session on Saturday without issue, clearing his way to take the mound tonight. Manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell watched the session, and the skipper is confident Beachy is ready to return.
"He's ready," Gonzalez said of Beachy. "I
talked to him this afternoon when he came in, and he felt great. Nothing from
the bullpen yesterday, so we're going to give him the nod tomorrow."
Prior to hitting the disabled list with his season-ending injury, Beachy was one of the best pitchers in baseball last year. The 26-year-old posted an ERA and WHIP of 2.00 and 0.963 over 13 starts, and Atlanta is hoping for more of the same this season.
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