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.”