ATLANTA -- After spending a nerve-wracking day in Pensacola, Fla. -- the headquarters of Dr. James Andrews' practice -- Brandon Beachy looked relieved as he addressed reporters before Tuesday's game against the Indians: he will not need surgery on his inflamed right elbow. Andrews did tell Beachy and the Braves doctors that there is an ample amount of unwanted fluid, but that the ligament is indeed intact.
Now, the Braves righty just needs time to rest and rehabilitate.
Of course, this is the same elbow that Beachy needed Tommy John surgery on last year for a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, so the time off is a far better option than the (additional 12- to 18-month) alternative.
"It's good news," Beachy said. "I think tentatively (Andrews) estimated shutting me down for about 10 more days from yesterday (Monday). But that's not set in stone or anything. We're gonna play it by ear and make sure the fluid and everything's out of there, it's all calmed down and feeling g...