Brandon Beachy was the surprise story for the Atlanta Braves for a good chunk of the season. The 26-year old starter was fantastic, but then the injury happened. Beachy started feeling discomfort in his arm, was placed on the disabled list, was ultimately diagnosed with a torn UCL, and had to undergo Tommy John surgery. The recovery time for the surgery is lengthy (usually 12-18 months), but Beachy is working his way back.
Beachy continues to increase the distance from which he can throw. He first began throwing shortly after the regular season ended. He is now throwing from up to 90 feet away from his target says Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
"I can't even tell you what my throwing program will be at the start of any week," Beachy said. "I specifically told [the trainers] not to tell me. Just when I show up, tell me what I have to do that day. That way, I'm not looking ahead, because I know I'll just get anxious and start circling dates on my calendar. All of that can change quickly. I don't want to be disappointed. I'm literally just trying to take it one day at a time."
Beachy made 13 starts this past season before injuring himself. He posted a 2.00 ERA through those starts and looked fantastic. The Braves are high on what he can do, but they still have about seven months before Beachy returns to the game.
Beachy has three seasons of Major League ball under his belt, and he is not arbitration eligible until 2014. The Braves have a very good pitcher who is cost controlled for quite some time. They will, of course, want to see how he performs after coming back from surgery, but most pitchers come back and pitch just fine in their first year back from Tommy John.
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