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.
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.