Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez acknowledged Tuesday that Brandon Beachy has been nursing some soreness in his elbow, which is the why the Braves elected to push him back to Saturday against the Orioles.
“He had a little sore arm going and we didn’t want to take a chance,” said Gonzalez, who said it was the elbow specifically. “It’s something that flared up on him and we had the days off and we could manipulate the rotation a little bit, just give him a little extra couple days.”
Beachy would have pitched Wednesday on normal rest against the Yankees, but Tim Hudson needed an extra few days to rest his left ankle, which has been sore because of bone spurs. The Braves first thought they’d pitch Beachy on Friday but decided to give him one more day.
Beachy has been taking a course of anti-inflammatories and seemed pleased with a light bullpen he threw on Tuesday afternoon.
“I feel fine,” Beachy said afterward.
Beachy is leading all qualified starters in the majors in ERA (1.98), but he is 0-3 in his past four starts since throwing a complete game against the Marlins on May 17. His ERA is only 3.47 in that span, but his walks are up. He’s walked 14 in his past 23 1/3 innings after walking 14 in his first 54 innings, including that shutout against the Marlins.
What raised some eyebrows in the Braves dugout was the sixth inning of Beachy’s most recent start against the Blue Jays Friday night when his fastball was around 88-89 mph rather than his usual 90-93 mph.
“We had a chance to give him a little breather, and we took advantage of it,” Gonzalez said.