The Braves originally thought they’d push Brandon Beachy back to Friday against the Orioles after Tim Hudson needed a couple of extra days because of bone spurs in his ankle. But they’ve decided to give Beachy an extra day’s rest and pitch him Saturday against the Orioles instead.
Tommy Hanson is scheduled to go Friday against the Orioles on five days’ rest.
Beachy’s velocity dipped in his last inning of work Friday night against Toronto, with his fastball clocking at 88 and 89 mph in the sixth inning rather than it’s usual 90-93 mph.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was asked if Beachy was suffering from elbow soreness, and he said no.
“His velocity was down a little bit his last start, so we decided to give him a little extra rest,” he said.
When Beachy was asked if he was having any arm soreness, he said, “No. I’m good.”
As to whether he concerned about a drop in velocity, he said: “I’m not worried about anything. I’ll be fine. There’s nothing to speak of.”