Beachy to start Wednesday; Chipper update

Brandon Beachy will skip his planned second rehab start and instead  step into Tommy Hanson rotation spot Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, barring any unexpected developments.

“It looks like it’s going to be him on Wednesday,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said Sunday.

Beachy has spent five weeks on the DL recovering from an oblique strain. He allowed one run, four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in five innings Thursday in a rehab start for Gwinnett.

The rookie right-hander was 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in eight starts before his injury, with 48 strikeouts and 12 walks in 44-1/3 innings.

Hanson went on the DL Friday with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder and is expected to return after 15 days. Mike Minor is currently pitching in the fifth-starter spot that Beachy held before his oblique injury.

McLouth back, but in left

It was an eventful 24 hours for Nate McLouth, who got hit by a pitch in Triple-A, hit by a pitch in the majors, and made a diving catch at his new position in left field.

McLouth was activated by the Braves on Sunday after a nearly four-week stint on the DL for a strained oblique muscle. He started in left field and batted seventh.

He played three games on a rehab assignment at Gwinnett, going 3-for-6 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch. He was hit by the pitch on Saturday in his final rehab game. Gonzalez laughed when he recalled what McLouth told him after Saturday’s game.

“He said he faced a left-hander about this big [held a hand shoulder-high] throwing about 100 [mph],” Gonzalez said. “He said, ‘I’m good [ready]. Get me out of here.’”

McLouth switched to left from his usual center field upon returning to the majors, because the Braves wanted to keep Jordan Schafer in center. Schafer has played strong defense in McLouth’s absence.

McLouth was hit in his right knee in his first plate appearance Sunday. He popped out with two on to end the third inning, lined out to third in the sixth, and singled through the right side to start the eighth.

Chipper update

Third baseman Chipper Jones missed his third consecutive start with a strained right adductor muscle in his upper thigh. He hopes to be ready for pinch-hitting duty Monday and Tuesday, then return to the lineup.

Jones, 39, mentioned the DL possibility if his condition doesn’t improve within a few days to the point he can play and not just pinch-hit. He has also been playing for weeks with a small cartilage tear in his right knee.

36 comments Add your comment

Law

June 19th, 2011
8:52 pm

duckey

June 19th, 2011
8:54 pm

no you dont chipper

mathman

June 19th, 2011
9:11 pm

Essentially, the Braves have played the last 4-5 days with a 23 man roster, with Chipper and O’Flaherty unavailable. Badly need a RH bat off the bench who can play in the field. Wilson Betemit, switchhitter ought to be available cheap from the Royals. Send them McLouse and JJ Cordier to KC and call it a deal for Betemit. Betemit can play SS, 3B, 1B, and even corner OF in an emergency.

Larry A

June 19th, 2011
9:12 pm

Just bite the bullet, get his knee fixed and get him back to 100%. Playing with this is just going to mean he will need surgery at some critical point in the season.

Bip Roberts

June 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

The injury-plagued Braves stand very little chance of catching the Phillies. And now Hanson is injured and on the dl. Wow ! So Prado,Beachy,McLouth,Chipper,Hanson,Moylan,and Heyward have all been injured. It sounds like the Braves need a new strength & conditioning coach….

northbeach Scott

June 19th, 2011
9:39 pm

With the All Star break coming up, get Chipper on the DL, get his knee scoped and rest that abductor. We need Chipper for the long haul this season.

Graham

June 19th, 2011
9:49 pm

Rest Chipper make a move and get someone, I agree with mathman. We need a reliable back up that can play in Chipper’s stead, and has versatility. Betemit would give us that. Chipper has been playing well this year, and we need him big time since Prado, Moylan and Eric O are down.

Furman Bitcher

June 19th, 2011
10:05 pm

I hear Biff Pocaroba is available

Carl Vollrath

June 19th, 2011
10:14 pm

Prado will be at third when he returns. Him being out hurts worse than any of the others.

96,sc

June 19th, 2011
10:46 pm

YAY!! Beachy

who dat

June 20th, 2011
12:06 am

CHIPPER IS NOW ON THE 15 DAY DL

Kentavo

June 20th, 2011
12:17 am

I saw something on mlbtraderumors.com saying prado might be out for the season.

Linebrink for Cy

June 20th, 2011
1:47 am

Still thinking if injuries keep on keeping Chipper out of the lineup off and on for the rest of the year, he’ll be calling it quits once the season ends.

He’s the type of player who does what’s best for the team and if he doesn’t think his body can hold up another season and keep him in the lineup and helping the team, he’ll call it quits so the Braves have a chance to find someone who can help them.

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joe

June 20th, 2011
7:08 am

someone commented on needing a new strenghth and conditioning coach… I don’t think the Braves do much of either. Also why don’t some of these guys take the offseason to get the medical procedures done that always seem to linger in the season( kness scoped, shoulders fixed, etc.) How about some preventative maintainance instead of fishing and hunting???

vermont 39

June 20th, 2011
8:23 am

I like the Wilson Betemit idea…besides KC owes us for taking Melkey..who just so happens to be playing rather well for them.

John Gibson

June 20th, 2011
12:01 pm

Heyward just called in and said Chipper should play through the pain.

Chipper Jones

June 20th, 2011
12:27 pm

Here in Braves country I can continue to cash those big paychecks while riding the pine because the local sports media looks the other way; and young women half my age continue to yell my name at Turner Field. That’s why I’m proud to be part of Braves country.

Duh.

Erik from N.C.

June 20th, 2011
12:54 pm

Gibson, I agree. I think Heyward should call Chipper out. Chipper at 80% is better than most other players at 100%. Heyward should tell Chipper to get himself back in the lineup rather than trying to recuperate to get back to 100%.

ChillyMutt

June 20th, 2011
12:55 pm

It really doesn’t make any sense why Chipper didn’t get the knee scoped when he strained that abductor. Think there might be something more with that knee than anyone is saying.

This Ain't Major League

June 20th, 2011
1:14 pm

Anyone notice the batting averages for our 1-2-3 hitters yesterday?

Schafer (.226), Uggly (.177) and Heyward (.215)

If the Astros go to the American League who will the Braves beat up on ?

cornjolio

June 20th, 2011
1:23 pm

these Josh Willingham to the Braves rumors greatly concern me.

He’d fit right in as he’s hitting a whopping .231

Do the Braves have a rule against acquiring players that can hit above .280 ?

Infante hit over .300 last season & gets traded for a guy currently hitting .177

Monger

June 20th, 2011
2:33 pm

Uhh, cornjulio-Omar Infante is hitting a whopping .256 with a whopping 1 homer. Not exactly tearing it up in Fla. I think the Braves are pretty good talent evaluators, and know when a guy is done-Edgar renteria, Javier vazquez, Omar Infante, Marcus Giles….Have they missed on a few…sure (Adam Wainwright, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz) just to name a few. The point is although Uggla’s .177 with 9 homers is pretty bad, but Infantes .256 with 1 homer isnt much better, and given that Uggla’s ceiling is much much higher (he will return to form soon-that is a garauntee), who do you want for the 2nd half-and Dan has shown signs of snapping out of this- In the Houston series, and this one with the Rangers hes had 3 multi-hit games and at least 3 doubles and a homer, and several hard hit singles and ones that got caught….he is starting to put some good wood on pitches and that should be VERY encouraging for braves fans. The problem is we have so many hitters hitting below their career averages, and none hitting better than their career averages that I can think of. Mac is right about where he normally is, but Heyward is down, Chipper is down, Uggla is way down, McLouth still isnt quite there, Prado is down a bit, Freeman struggled the first month or so, and even Conrad is just now starting to find his groove. Hinske played big for us in May, but has now faded. We need some guys to just remember how to hit like themselves, even if chipper can just add a few average points, and Heyward, Prado, and Uggla get back to crushing the ball…we will be just fine…

and just to add a bold prediction-what out for Nate the rest of the year, i think he is going to surprise a few people at the plate…in a good way.

Bill James

June 20th, 2011
3:32 pm

Monger,

Infante isn’t making $14 million a year, for 5 years !

You missed the point !

By the time Uggla starts hitting the Braves will be out of it.

Vic Correll

June 20th, 2011
3:35 pm

Yeah, Willingham would make a nice fit to this collection of .200 hitters.

Lets giv’em Teheran or Jurrjens

Mendoza

June 20th, 2011
3:52 pm

The Braves are starting to make .200 look pretty good

Monger

June 20th, 2011
4:58 pm

Bill James-You are an even bigger idiot with that comment….Its funny how you try to stick up for cornjulio and fail miserably and look foolish…..and i quote directly from you…” by the time Uggla starts hitting the Braves will be out of it.” ??????????? What? Have you looked at the standings lately? The Braves, the Atlanta Braves (just wanted to make sure we were talking about the same Braves), are 40-33 and currently tied for the wild card lead, in 2nd place in the NL East, behind the Major League team with the best record Phillies, and this is all WITHOUT UGGLA hitting, yet we will suddenly “be out of it” without him hitting?? If he doesnt hit the rest of the year (highly unlikely) at this pace we would still win the wild card and make the playoffs. However, it appears he has already started hitting…he has 3 multi hit games in the last 3 series, so the Braves offense appears it will only get better…. Secondly, how in the world would this Braves team be out of any race with this pitching staff? Your lunacy must be based on the fact the Braves are 5 games behind Philly-but right now Philly is hotter than HECK and has BY FAR the best record in baseball…The Braves would be the division leader or within one or two games in ANY OTHER DIVISION….WITHOUT UGGLA HITTING….PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU POST!!!!!

Mendoza

June 20th, 2011
5:33 pm

The Braves offense is butt UGGLA !

Bill James

June 20th, 2011
5:34 pm

Monger,

Are you Frank Wrens conscience?

Monger

June 20th, 2011
5:43 pm

When Chipper returns, it’ll be like we’ve acquired an All Star third baseman !

The Phillies must be quaking in their boots over the thought !

rbrave

June 20th, 2011
6:35 pm

Man it bad enough having three starters averaging around the mendosa line but having them hitting 1,2 ,3 is just crazy.

Chevy mgr

June 20th, 2011
6:38 pm

Can we add a new hitting coach to that strength and conditioning coach?

Bill James

June 20th, 2011
6:53 pm

New hitting coach?

Bobby, Jr is managing the team just like dear old dad. This year’s Uggly is last year’s McLouth, except now we’ve got company to join Uggla (Schafer & Heyward).

Pathetic & disgusting

Frank Wren

June 20th, 2011
6:55 pm

Today the Brave have designated hitting instructor Larry Parrish for reassignment.

Former Brave Greg Norton will assume duties as hitting instructor. Bobby Cox personally recommended Norton for the position.

G Bravo

June 22nd, 2011
9:40 am

Heyward needs to pay his dues like Chippre has before he calls anybody out. After all Chipper has played through many injurys and @ his age that’s pretty good. He can also hit a curve ball and any other pitch you throw Him. When Jason learns these things, He then can call someone out. Until then just play ball.

G Bravo

June 22nd, 2011
9:59 am

Monger: I agree with what your saying and I beleive that Uggla will come around in the 2nd half, although I still like Infante. I know He is not doing a lot right now but, it is hard to play for FLA when you play in front of 500 people @ home. As for Heyward I am afraid We made Him a super star to Quick. Looks like He has a Terrible eye for the ball.He needs to quit His selfish ways and stop swing @ 3&1 pitches when the ball is way out of the strike zone.

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