Beachy could return to mound Monday

Braves starter Brandon Beachy could be back on the mound Monday for the first time since straining his left oblique 2-1/2 weeks ago.

“I think that’s the plan,” the rookie right-hander said.

The Braves haven’t announced a timetable for his return to the rotation, but Beachy has made steady progress. On Saturday, he threw off flat ground from a distance of 150 feet without incident.

“Not cutting it loose, but not babying it, that’s for sure,” said Beachy, who his side while batting during a May 13 start. “It’s feeling good, but I feel like the second I push it a little too hard is the second I knock it a month back. We’re being careful.”

Beachy was 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in eight starts. He had a 2.95 ERA before giving up three runs in two innings of the game in which he was injured.

He’s eager to return, but knows it could be a few more weeks. He’ll have to rebuild arm strength and make at least a couple of rehab starts before he’s activated.

“Just sitting in the dugout watching games, it doesn’t feel the same,” he said. “I want to be back out there. I was feeling good, up until that game I got hurt, which had a rough start to it. But I was feeling good about things.”

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Caleb

May 29th, 2011
7:47 pm

First! Jk i dont want any of those people to get it

flbravesfan

May 29th, 2011
8:59 pm

Watching this team try to hit is painful . They look like they are swinging wiffle ball bats. Everyone is right it appears the pitchers have to throw a shutout . This is pitiful.

mathman

May 29th, 2011
10:52 pm

This team can’t bunt at all. Need to hit and run more and avoid the DP’s. Schafer sparks again. He has reached base 10 times in 5 games, and played outstanding defense.

Total Grace

May 29th, 2011
10:54 pm

Low Country Brave

May 29th, 2011
11:18 pm

Schafer is killing.

Johnny Beach

May 29th, 2011
11:44 pm

Uggla got a hit tonight. That’s worth a headline right there.

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kelly

May 30th, 2011
12:35 am

Hey BPass 7, thanks for the tips….you tool.
Man, I hate that crap, but I love my Braves and so nice to see J Schafer doin what I know he is capable of doing.
First, we knock off the Marlins and then we are comin for you Philly, I just feel it.
Workin in Africa for a month and it’s killin me to not be able to watch.
Thanks for all the updates DOB!!!!!
MK

TampaDAWG

May 30th, 2011
12:42 am

We aren’t hitting but still playin 500 ball. Once the Braves start hitting, look out! It could end up being a great season. As for Shafer, he is getting on base more and playin better defense than Nate. Also he is a legitamate threat to steal. Still need Ugla to pick it up and Heyward to pick it if he can get healthy.

Hendu

May 30th, 2011
1:44 am

Our pitching is solid, of course, but I agree our movement of runners to get to first and then advance is poor. Hell yes, Scafer is better at leadoff, he has a 400 obp, which is 100 points better than his avg. All pro players should be on base 100 points better than avg. Hall of Famers do much better, check it out. Freeman is a rookie and he is close to that and is so good in the field that I would take him at 1st over anyone in baseball. Look how much better our defense is (Ugla better and Gonzalez is tops) with Freddie at 3.

Prado hits 295 but is on base 325 and slugs 432 and he is our best come to the park player. Until Chipper is able to turn on his legs he will just be a singles hitter which is not him and he is not a #3
hitter in this league.

Venters has two pitches, the fastball cutter at 97 and that drop change which goes @ 87, and needs to be our #2 starter. He is unhittable at times and can always get us a V. JJ, Venters, healthy Hudson, Hanson, and Beachy or Minor. Tehran has pitched well, too. That is the rotation.

Lowe for Granderson is a no brainer and ask them if they have something for McLouth and Proctor to do for them as well.

Mac and Heyward must be a key part of our plan but Mac has to get back to his numbers of his earlier years, and Heyward must play like our franchise guy.

This is not a popularity contest. Take some pride in kicking butts Braves.

jdiddy24

May 30th, 2011
3:40 am

Hendu,
Thanks for wasting everyone’s time. Venters doesn’t have the stamina right now to be a starter and he is more valuable as a set-up man for us. The Yankees aren’t giving us a very good CF signed pretty cheap for an aging starter with a big contract. BMac is putting up huge numbers for us this year if you haven’t noticed.

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SportsBrain

May 30th, 2011
6:30 am

Hendu, get a grip. DLowe has a couple of bad outings and you scream like some teenage girl at Jason X. Also, what’s this about “our plan” ??? Does that mean you and your stamp collecting club? Hinske and Mather are doing yeoman work in right field. If you actually watched some of the games you’d know this stuff.

bob

May 30th, 2011
7:21 am

Please sign Prado to a long term contract now!!!!!!

Nut Job

May 30th, 2011
8:41 am

At Hendu…”Venters has two pitches, the fastball cutter at 97 and that drop change which goes @ 87, and needs to be our #2 starter.”

Wow buddy, get a clue. All you just did with this stupid comment is show the entire blog that you have absolutely 0 baseball knowledge.

Venters throws a sinker and a slider. Not sure what a drop change is. Venters was a starter all throughout his minor league career. He got dirty when we moved him to the bullpen. Just how it works sometime.

clix

May 30th, 2011
8:57 am

Uggy will hit. When he breaks through it’s going to be nasty bad for some pitchers. He just needs that little 3 or 4 game run to get him kick started.They’re (Braves) holding their own in the meantime, thanks mostly to stellar pitching. Only BMac and Prado have been anywhere even approaching consistent at the plate. Shaefer to me seems to be playing with a run through the brick wall attitude and I think it’ll rub off on the others, not that they aren’t playing hard, but Jordan is playing hard with an attitude. Other than the pitching staff, Alex Gonzalez is the one piece this team couldn’t manage without. Take him off the field this defense would implode..

Hinske Da Man

May 30th, 2011
9:42 am

Beachy is a decent #5 pitcher, nothing more. Its not like we are without a Hudson, Lowe, Halladay, or Lincecum type of pitcher. Let him get it right and be back in that #5 spot pitching to hopefully not lose a game. Being 1-1 after 8 starts is about what you would expect out of your #5 pitcher.

No crying

May 30th, 2011
12:35 pm

Sports Brain: “you scream like some teenage girl at Jason X.”

Great line! Thanks

You gotta love the mojo from Shafer’s hustle, He got into Cueto’s head and should get half the credit for Prado’s dinger last night. I haven’t seen that in a Brave’s uni since the days of Otis Nixon.

JMF

May 30th, 2011
3:38 pm

I know why it is so hard for our minor league pitchers to come up. We have a great pitching staff. But isn’t there a way to get a .331 power hitter (Gomez) some major league at bats. We need some hitting.

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