Beachy headed for DL, replacement TBA

Brandon Beachy’s strained oblique felt as bad as he expected Saturday, and the Braves pitcher was already thinking about what’s ahead after a stint on the disabled list.

“I wish I would have woke up this morning and it was better, but unfortunately it’s not,” said the rookie right-hander, injured while striking out in the second inning of Friday’s 5-4 loss to Philadelphia.

“However long this keeps me out – I have no idea, hopefully not long — it’s going to be a mental battle as much as it is physical, to get myself ready to go again.”

The Braves were considering any of three Triple-A Gwinnett candidates– Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Rodrigo Lopez – to replace Beachy, who could miss at least a few weeks, though no timetable for his return has been set.

Because of off days in the schedule, a replacement starter will be needed only once (Wednesday) until May 31.

Beachy was 1-1 with a 3.85 ERA in eight starts. He had a 2.98 ERA before giving up three runs in two innings Friday.

He felt a “tearing sensation” when he struck out to end the second inning, then threw two warmup pitches between innings before conceding he couldn’t continue.

“A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to someone who was saying how they used to think, ‘You’re out with an oblique?’” Beachy said. “And then this person had one. Then they knew. That’s what I said. Now I know. I felt like I could just muscle through it. No, I sure couldn’t. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t.”

The Braves didn’t rush to put him on the 15-day DL because they won’t need a replacement starter until Wednesday, and already planned to bring reliever Scott Proctor from Triple-A on Sunday. That’s the first day (May 15) they were permitted to add Proctor to the major league team, after releasing him in spring and re-signing him to a minor league contract.

Proctor can take Beachy’s spot for now, postponing the 25-man roster move the Braves would’ve had to make on Sunday to open a spot for the reliever.

Minor is scheduled to start Sunday for Gwinnett, and could be scratched from that start if he’s to be brought up by the Braves on Wednesday to start the series opener at Arizona, which was Beachy’s next scheduled turn. Minor is 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA in six starts at Gwinnett. Beachy beat out the left-hander in the fifth-starter competition during spring training.

Minor didn’t pitch well in a spot start for the Braves on April 6 at Milwaukee, allowing five runs, seven hits and four walks in 4-1/3 innings.

Teheran is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts at Gwinnett, the most recent on Thursday. The 20-year-old phenom made his major league debut May 7 in a spot start at Philadelphia, where he was charged with four hits, three runs and two walks in 4-2/3 innings of a 3-0 loss.

Lopez, 35, is 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA in seven starts at Gwinnett, and last pitched on Wednesday. Unlike Minor and Teheran, Lopez is not on the 40-man roster.

For Beachy, the injury comes at a time when he was just beginning to establish himself as a solid major league starting pitcher. Before giving up three runs on six hits – including Ryan Howard’s three-run homer – in two innings Friday, Beachy had posted a 1.44 ERA and .140 opponents’ average over his previous four starts.

He had allowed just 12 hits and four walks with 28 strikeouts in 25 innings over that four-start stretch.

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brava is right

May 14th, 2011
3:56 pm


May 14th, 2011
4:00 pm

All the best to Beach. He was proving himself to be a valuable asset to the team and will be missed. Wishes for a speedy recovery.

Kenshin Kawakami

May 14th, 2011
4:15 pm

Hey, guys. You are paying me nearly $7 million this season, remember? Mississippi SUX.


May 14th, 2011
4:17 pm

When will the National League come into the 21st century and do away with pitchers batting.Very few can hit anyway, and when they do they hurt themselves swinging the bat and then they can’t pitch. Pitchers are supposed to pitch and not hit.It’s a automatic out.


May 14th, 2011
4:31 pm

Pitchers can’t hit? Since when?

Mike Hampton

May 14th, 2011
4:39 pm

I could hit pretty good too when I wasn’t spending time on the DL.

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May 14th, 2011
4:54 pm

I’ve always been old school about the pitchers hitting, but at this point I do think it has become outdated. It really is about time for DH’s for both leagues.


May 14th, 2011
4:56 pm

“Kenshin Kawakami

May 14th, 2011
4:15 pm
Hey, guys. You are paying me nearly $7 million this season, remember? Mississippi SUX.”

Dude, you injured your shoulder, don’t you remember? You need to write these things down, and in English so you can understand them! And don’t let the natives hear you talking about your new state like that! Now go back to your room until we call for you!


May 14th, 2011
5:07 pm

I think it’s time for the DH as well. With pitchers getting hurt more and more, it only makes sense.


May 14th, 2011
5:22 pm

I dont agree with using the DH in the national league. Just because pitchers get hurt. The arguement holds less and less viladity b/c position players and DH’s get hurt as well. Injuries is just apart of the game. Cant baby professional athletes.


May 14th, 2011
5:23 pm

We need a pitcher, not a belly itcher!

nick p.

May 14th, 2011
5:26 pm

minor, Teheran, Lopez, Medlin, all of them could be great starters, one of them will be in line up next year as Lowe will not be here, one of them will be used as trade bait to fill up a major need, and the other two in a year or two will slowly replace Hudson, and one lost to free agency, good to have so much good arms!


May 14th, 2011
5:27 pm

bring up Lopez..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

when is Chris Medlen due back?


May 14th, 2011
5:40 pm

The Braves problem isn`t about the DH or anything other than balls. Championship teams don`t routinely give away games they should win then comfortably sit at the microphone and offer the same excuses about how tough that team plays us (Nationals). Get out of the Bobby Cox era and get serious about whipping teams on the field 162 times a year! The Phillies beat us last night because they seem to be mentally tougher. It`s time players start earning their paychecks and quit living in excuseville! We are way to comfy with syaing the right thing rather than willing ourselves to win.


May 14th, 2011
5:43 pm

Thanks for the update Dave. Just a quick note on Minor’s stat line. He actually has a 1.82 ERA in Gwinett this season.


May 14th, 2011
5:55 pm

The Wad – please…

Bravos Fan

May 14th, 2011
6:04 pm

The DH is not the route the National League needs to go down. The only reason the American League has the DH is because they used it has a publicity stunt to get people to come to their games. Baseball is nine on nine game not ten on ten. Bring up Minor too, he is the best fit and the Diamond Backs are terriable. He shouldn’t have any trouble getting back to the form he showed last year against them. Lopez is 35 and still is in the minors so what does that tell you.

Robin Of The Hood

May 14th, 2011
6:14 pm

I think Lopez should be brought up due to his performence but Julio could gain some experience from this, but I think it’ll be Minor simply cause he is costing this team alot of money. Never want to leave a 1st rounder in tha minors when there is a spot open. This team needs to think wins, not dollars cause the wins will bring in more dollars but thats a whole diff topic….


May 14th, 2011
6:38 pm

OK, I’ll try this, the DH rule is just plain ole’ sissy baseball.
It takes all of the strategy out of the game.
I’ll agree that both leagues should play under the same rules.
DUMP the DH, and play some real baseball, American League.

AJ in Augusta

May 14th, 2011
6:46 pm

I agree. The NL shouldn’t be the only one with pitchers batting. The AL SHOULD be using pitchers to hit, too! I’m in my mid-50’s and value the chess matches played in the NL. I have the MLB package and enjoy watching the youthful Royals… but… that’s it. The rest of the AL is ’swing from the heels’ baseball. There is very little strategy. I understand that many of you don’t remember the pre-DH days. Many games hinge on the decision to pinch hit for a starter or have him bunt, walk the 8th batter to get to the pitcher. It’s strategy, guys & gals!

Initially, many enjoyed the AL when it became the dumping grounds for washed up power hitters with clay gloves. It drove up scoring and the crowds loved it…. but give me a 1-0 matchup anyday. Just my 2¢.

Mark Duncan

May 14th, 2011
7:17 pm

Good win for Braves. Prado is the key to this team obviously and we’re lucky to have him. The pitching is fine, but Uggla and Freeman? Brutal.


May 14th, 2011
7:24 pm

if they bring up Lopez, I believe he has to be added to the 40 man roster which means someone has to be removed (and possibly lost).
I’d bring up Minor on extra rest (scratch him Sun at AAA) and give him another try.
bigger problem is still offense. Heyward, Uggla, Chipper and Freeman all doing little. Mc Louth doesn’t belong in #2 spot and is already proving it.


May 14th, 2011
7:35 pm

Uggla and Freeman will snap out of it. I thought Beachy was the best pitcher we had recently.I think it’s time to promote Julio.and give him a shot. We need Heyward to be Heyward not always injured. It’s time for the uber stars (Heyward and Hanson to stand up.

Beer me

May 14th, 2011
7:57 pm

Serious question. Where is the “cent” sign on your keyboard AJ in Augusta?

The DH is BS. Bring up Minor for the one game.


May 14th, 2011
8:04 pm

Prodo is some baseball player! The Braves have dropped a number of games that they had in the bag. I am willing to write some of that off to Freddi’s learning curve. They have talent in spite of a number of stupid moves by Wren and tight-fisted owners. I vote for Teheran as the replacement for Beachy.


May 14th, 2011
8:17 pm

bring up minor and leave haystack on the bench were better off with out that most over hyped waste of time since hanson lol

Error Maniacs

May 14th, 2011
8:39 pm

Uggla played a good game today . . . actually got on base a couple times even if it was on a walk and being hit by pitch. At least he cut down the automatic out swing! Good job, man! Now try and copy Prado . . . you know, like quit trying to pull everything and jack it. Just put the bat on the ball where it’s pitched . . . like go with the pitch! You’ll see the fans will love you a lot better. Homers will come later . . . Got it???? We like your energy and appreciate your effort . . . just take it like Prado and you’ll be a star!!!!!!!!!

old timer

May 14th, 2011
9:23 pm

It’s a shame, but Beachy will be back pretty soon. Either of the three guys can fill in. I think I’d like to see Julio get a shot. That one start I’m sure left a bad taste for him. It would be fun to see him pitch a few more games.

AJ in Augusta

May 14th, 2011
9:25 pm

@ Beer Me… I’m using a MacBook Pro… has an icon to show the Character Viewer in the upper menu bar. It’s been a few years since I’ve looked at Windows… so in helping a fellow Braves fan (you are, aren’t you?) … here’s a link if you have XP, it may be similar if you have Windows 7. If all else fails, Google “show character viewer” with whatever system you use next to it.

Brett Favre was once a Falcon

May 14th, 2011
9:27 pm

I’m with Beer me. My keyboard doesn’t have a “cents” key either. I wonder why that is?

I’ve wanted one for a long time.

old timer

May 14th, 2011
9:27 pm

Yeah, how do yo make that cent symbol, AJ?


May 14th, 2011
9:56 pm

i think it’s time to promote julio teheran for an extended period of time. give him a chance and see what happens………a little experience can’t hurt,besides, he can learn a lot while with the big club.

Dr Henry

May 14th, 2011
10:15 pm

I remember when the AL started using a DH in 1973 ((NINETEEN SEVENTY THREE))…..It was supposed to be a trial, a test, a project???DOB, you probably weren’t born then….I guess the AL will let us NLers know when the test period is up. On a serious note…..This Braves team is losing all the close games….that’s not good….Last season we won em!!!!!

Dennis Reynolds

May 14th, 2011
11:06 pm

He’s this year’s Kris Medlen.

Innocent Bystander

May 14th, 2011
11:35 pm

Bring up Minor. He’s had more time to season down in AAA, so he should be ready to go with the big club. Wouldn’t be surprised if we decide to move D Lowe, depending on what we could get in return.

It would benefit the club in the short term if we acquired a LFer and moved Prado to first. Freddie has been doing okay, but it’s going to take him some more time to really figure things out, and the Braves just might not have that sort of time if they want to get back into the playoffs this year.

Beer me

May 15th, 2011
1:34 am

@AJ Hell Yeah I’m a Braves fan. I’m on a macbook reg. Google says use option+4 and violå ¢. I think we all learned something today.


May 15th, 2011
1:41 am

Pitchers don’t hit in the minor leagues. College uses the DH.

No one likes seeing the 8 hitter intentionally walked to load the bases with 2 outs only to have the pitcher come up. How is that strategy? It’s Bush League ball. I used to be all for having the pitchers bat, but it’s just no fun anymore. When they put the ball in play, the managers yell at them to not even run the bases for fear of injury. It’s stupidity.

There is no “strategy” involved. It’s just baseball purists who hate seeing games evolve. Get old man Selig outta here and baseball will be more exciting.

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vermont 39

May 15th, 2011
8:06 am

If there was a DH in Nolan Ryan’s prime he would have had a 1000 more Ks and who knows how many more Ws


May 15th, 2011
8:20 am

¢¢¢¢ is what that idiot umpire was
On last night ¢¢¢¢.

¢¢¢¢ is also what Uggla is giving us for our $$$$
The Braves win today now that makes ¢¢¢¢
To me. Heck these Braves are gonna turn it around
Any day now right!! If the ex marlin doesnt move the other
ex Marlin to a new spot in the order, he (we) may be facing a
Year like he usually had in Fla- good but not great!! Im ready for great
And Not Just good– now thats my ¢¢. Go Bravos you can


May 15th, 2011
8:52 am


DC Brave

May 15th, 2011
9:20 am

Has Proctor arrived yet?

DC Brave

May 15th, 2011
9:23 am

They will all hit…eventually…maybe not today. Btw…watch for a HR from Chipper in the 4th. Roy is going to throw a cutter inside that comes back to the middle of the plate.

Fire the Loosing Managar NOW!

May 15th, 2011
9:47 am

Beter idea. Fire the loosing managar before it is 2 late. They dont do it now and the Braves will be in last place bye the all stra brake.

Ray B

May 15th, 2011
10:06 am

Why is it that every other position has to learn to field and hit, but pitchers can only learn to pitch? Pitchers should learn to be good hitters (batting practice and all) just like every other player. And the DH should be eliminated.

Joe Smoe

May 15th, 2011
10:09 am

Lopez should rot in Gwinnett!! Last year he led the MLB in HR’s allowed. While he is doing well in the minor league, he should be, he is 35 years old, and been pitching in the bigs for years. So I am not understanding why some of the posters here think he has not received a shot in the bigs, he has.. and thats why he isn’t in the bigs. Minor is the only obvious choice here. He has more polish, was favored by most to win the role out of Spring Training. Tehran needs to get a few more games in down in Gwinnett, he has a few more things to work on before getting the call again. Just my 2 cents

Chipper's ACL

May 15th, 2011
11:22 am

Question is will the Braves be buyers or sellers in July if they continue to linger around .500? I understand the win now mentality but there comes a time when you’ve got to decide which direction to take this team. We surely don’t need another Farnsworth/Ankiel trade. So let’s assume we were sellers for once. Every team in the race will need pitching. We’ve got two starters that could bring good young position players in a trade. The Yankees would be glad to take Huddy. I’m sure we could pluck Montero away plus another lower minor league player. Yeah you say he’s a catcher and we have Mac. Position change since he’s not very good back there. LF maybe? We know Prado will end up at third once Chipper heads to pasture and a right handed power bat on the OF would be great. Lowe could end up anywhere but the return would not be as high. With Nate walking at seasons end and no one around to take over center my target would be Kalish from Boston. The kid can play and has no home with the Sox for the next couple of years. Plus there first rounder from last year is hitting almost .400 so he could be had. I’d let our two young arms ride out the second half of the season and we have a manager that can handle all the young players on the roster next seson. worth the risk. No need to dump any of the young arms at this moment. This team is close to duplicating what the Rays have done the last couple of seasons. Patience could create another 14 year run.


May 15th, 2011
11:29 am

DH stinks!
Why shouldn’t pitchers not have to hit and play the field? Everybody else does.
One of the Braves’ strengths has been that their pitchers took hitting seriously and bunted well. (Were all of them great at it? No, but they’ve been better than average.)
What’s next? Putting the pitchers behind a screen and not letting them field the ball because they might get hurt?


May 15th, 2011
12:47 pm

Chipper’s ACL: My guess is the opposite. They’ll be buyers. Anyone else suspect that little spot start of Teheran’s might have been a trade show-case? Most likely looking for a CF with speed.


May 15th, 2011
12:53 pm

I really can’t understand the comments that urge the trading of Lowe or Huddy. Have you taken a look at the era’s of this rotation? Do you really think that management is going to tinker with it? I do agree that our pitching wealth can get us more hitting, but unless Chipper goes down where would you put that hitting. I do think that the bench needs help. Whatever deal Wren might make I hope would include the departure of Linebrink. Also, I don’t understand the fascination with Proctor.


May 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

Chuck is obviously not a baseball purist and historian. Pitchers should bat. We don’t need to sully the NL with two half players in each lineup as has the AL.

As for injuries, I don’t recall Spahn, Burdette, Buhl, and Conley missing starts when their turn came up every fourth day (not five) because of some little pittily-butted injury. One fact is certain. These players of today would have never lasted in the Golden Age of baseball.


May 15th, 2011
2:27 pm

Forget about Kawasucki – he would do nothing but demoralize the entire pitching corps with his lousy stuff – let him go work somewhere up the Mississippi on a labor force – that is about all he is worth.

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