The Braves pounded five home runs in their victory over the Yankees on Wednesday, but they were hit harder by the news that Brandon Beachy will need Tommy John surgery.
Beachy and the organization were optimistic that surgery wouldn't be needed, but remained realistic in the fact that the ligament tear in his right elbow likely would have to be repaired.
Word came down late in the afternoon, after Beachy's appointment with Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedic surgeon. Thursday's surgery means Beachy likely will spend most of the next 12 months recovering, rehabbing and preparing for the rest of his career.
"It's ashamed," Braves manger Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're going to miss him."
The Braves will now have to find a way to continue and compete without Beachy, who was their best pitcher through the first 2 months this season.
Winning the NL East and making the playoffs just got significantly tougher for the Braves.
Beachy's ERA didn't rise to 2.00 until his last start, whe...