BOSTON – The year-long rehabilitation will begin soon for Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy, who had reconstructive elbow surgery Thursday to repair the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm.
The ligament-transplant surgery, commonly known as “Tommy John” surgery, was performed by Dr. James Andrews at his clinic near Pensacola, Fla. The prodedure was deemed a success and the Braves hope to have Beachy back next summer. Rehab for the surgery usually takes about 12 months, give or take a month.
Beachy, 25, was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts for the Braves, tied for the major league ERA lead among starters and also first with a .171 opponents’ average. He has a 12-10 record and 3.07 ERA in 41 career starts.
Jair Jurrjens was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to replace Beachy in the rotation. Jurrjens will start Friday’s series opener against the Red Sox in Boston.
Bethancourt in Futures Game
Top Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game on July 8 in Kansas City, on the Sunday before the July 10 All-Star game in Kansas City.
Bethancourt, 20, was selected to play for the World team, which plays a U.S. team in the annual game featuring many of baseball’s top prospects. His selection is an indication of his elite prospect status rather than his performance this season.
The strong-armed catcher was hitting .255 with no homers and a .283 on-base percentage in 41 games at Double-A Mississippi, where he was was slowed by a hamstring injury at the beginning of the season. He’s one of the youngest players in the league.
In 2011, Bethancourt hit .289 with five homers, 53 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 99 games for Class-A affiliates Rome and Lynchburg, then boosted his stock more by hitting .306 with five homers in 72 at-bats in the prospect-filled Arizona Fall League.