Beachy underwent successful elbow surgery

Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy underwent successful surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Thursday, the Braves announced. The surgery, known as “Tommy John” was performed by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in his Gulf Breeze, Fla. clinic.

Beachy was tied for the major-league lead in ERA (2.00) and led in opponents’ batting average (.171) among qualified starters when he went down with the elbow injury on June 16 against Baltimore. His recovery time is expected to be 11-13 months.

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Rufus

June 21st, 2012
1:53 pm

Good news! Hope the recovery goes as well if not better.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 21st, 2012
1:54 pm

Good to hear! saw it on twitter….

ccrider

June 21st, 2012
1:55 pm

Good Luck Brandon, Look at it this way, often times after TJ surgery pitchers pickup a little extra velocity. I pity the hitters that face you throwing 2 miles an hour faster!

anobles10

June 21st, 2012
1:56 pm

Glad his surgery went well, and cannot wait to get him back in the rotation. On another note, DOB, do you have any news on the injury to Evan Gattis, I know he’s been on the DL in Mississippi for awhile, and was wondering if you had any news on what his injury was and how long he’s expected to be out for?

Dawg Fud

June 21st, 2012
2:00 pm

Here’s to a successful recovery for Mr. Beachy!

Hoosier Aaron

June 21st, 2012
2:01 pm

Tough break for a fellow Hoosier having his breakout year. He definitely learned how to “pitch” this year.

Every time I hear about “successful Tommy John surgery” I can’t help but think about Skip Caray’s classic line. “I keep waiting for someone to report – his Tommy John surgery didn’t go as planned. The poor guy will never be able to comb his hair again.”

glorydays

June 21st, 2012
2:03 pm

Any bone spurs removed?

bravesgrl4life

June 21st, 2012
2:09 pm

See you in 2013, Brandon! Will miss you and have to console myself with the picture I have as my wallpaper on my laptop.

Chall

June 21st, 2012
2:11 pm

Trade for Wandy. We need some balance in the rotation.

steve brown

June 21st, 2012
2:12 pm

Every prospect should get a bonus to get “Tommy Johned” while in the minors to avoid the surgery in the majors.

shlomo

June 21st, 2012
2:15 pm

has any atlhlete ever had surgery where it was said ‘not to have gone well’?

Brime Lee

June 21st, 2012
2:15 pm

Go Brandon, Really tough to lose you at this point of the season but..
yeah, you’ll become more strong at this time next year.

Now your role with this team is cheering your teammates.
I will be glad to see you give fives and hugs to the other guys with good things happen.

Your prime time will surely come, just wait a bit more and be more strong.
Wish you all the best and can’t wait to see you pitch next season! :)

Heisenberg

June 21st, 2012
2:16 pm

An overly optimistic Fredi Gonzalez was quoted as saying “We hope to have him back in time for the stretch run this year”.

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Heisenberg

June 21st, 2012
2:27 pm

“Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy underwent successful surgery”
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Here is hoping for successful rehab.

Dirty Dawg

June 21st, 2012
2:34 pm

With the Roger Clemens’ trial and this Tommy John surgery in the news, allow me to raise a question. Everybody knows that due to improvements and new discoveries in medicines, diets, strength and conditioning training and the like, every generation is bigger, stronger and faster. And while we all seem to look down on those that use HGH and steroids and blood loading (or whatever it’s called) in order for them to be better/stronger/faster…in part because it makes ‘records’ meaningless since the Ruth’s, Aaron’s and Mays’ never had access to em. Well what about all those pitchers whose careers were cut short because nobody knew about transplanting a ligament from his leg to Tommy John’s left elbow? I mean why isn’t this considered ‘performance enhancing’…and if steroid use is to be banned from active player use, then why not TJS? Just asking.

least of the east

June 21st, 2012
2:41 pm

when is it ever reported as unsuccessful ? we’ll know in about 12 mos if it allows him to regain his form.
he was headed for the All Star game and would have been named if he lasted another 3 weeks.

is there any medical procedure or medication that can be done/given to fix Fredi and Frank ? we need a speciifc diagnosis first that explains why they behave the way they do..

cutie

June 21st, 2012
2:48 pm

Hey Cutie…Good Luck with your surgery recovery!

Dr. Don

June 21st, 2012
2:52 pm

Surely the surgery can be a success independent of how well he does when he comes back? Lack of success after surgery might not be totally due to the surgery? How well would he have to do ERA or W-L wise for the surgery to be a success? or a failure?

Ron

June 21st, 2012
2:56 pm

With Beachy now out and Minor, Delgado ( at times) struggling and possibly Jurrijens not up to par. Why not give Medlen and Cristhain Martinez a shot at the rotation? Ther are that important to long relief and the Braves system doesn’t have other long relievers?? A thought..

Dave P

June 21st, 2012
2:58 pm

The surgery isn’t successful until 12-14 months from now when he is back and pitching like we saw this season. Then we will know if it was successful.

Scott Canevit

June 21st, 2012
3:05 pm

Here’s hoping for a great recovery! Good luck Brandon!

One Big Dummy

June 21st, 2012
3:11 pm

Good luck, Brandon!

ATLcracker

June 21st, 2012
3:17 pm

Hoosier Aaron,
yeah. The other line I’m waiting to hear is “That was a routine stop on that pitch in the dirt”. Seems like it’s always a good stop or a great stop or a wild pitch – never lucky or average.

cowdogit

June 21st, 2012
3:18 pm

Their is a program out their that stops these pitchers from breaking down , Mazzone proved that when he won fourteen division titles . He handled more than one hundred pitchers and only two or three had arm problems . When a pitching coach has no program he has seven years of broken down arms .

Amy

June 21st, 2012
3:18 pm

Sending you a big kiss for a speedy recovery.

Whiskey River

June 21st, 2012
3:21 pm

Good Luck Guy. Wish you a speedy recovery. We definitely need you.

ATLcracker

June 21st, 2012
3:21 pm

Ron,
I second your thought about Christhian Martinez. We saw him pitch five or six shutout innings in an extra inning game last year. I always thought he looked more like a number four or five starter than a reliever and wondered why he never got the chance.

Alaska Braves Fan

June 21st, 2012
3:22 pm

TJ surgery is not minor surgery. (Minor surgery is something the other guy has!) Brandon will recover very well, I’m sure, but let’s remember that the rehab is long, difficult, and painful. It won’t be easy, but he should come back as good as ever.

Good luck, Brandon!

ABF

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bobby

June 21st, 2012
3:30 pm

I don’t know which is worse, rotator or Tommy John. I have had 3 rotators and they are bad and hard to recover from. I had a friend who had a knee replcement and a rotator and he said the rotator was worse than the knee replacement. No such thing as minor surgery.

cowdogit

June 21st, 2012
3:33 pm

When Beachy is ready to return I would advise him to contact Mazzone , He has a program that teaches pitchers to pitch without blowing out their arms . Nothing to lose when you get advice from a pitching genius .

Alaska Braves Fan

June 21st, 2012
3:36 pm

bobby: Fairly soon I’ll have to have a double knee replacement. I have been discouraged to find that women seem to do very well in terms of dealing with the pain and rehab, but men are real sissies and seem to suffer much more. On the other hand, what you have said seems to be true: Shoulders are much worse than knees regardless of the type of shoulder surgery. At least the glass is half full for me. And, you’re absolutely correct, there is no such thing as minor surgery, especially when it’s YOUR surgery.

ABF

Brave New World

June 21st, 2012
3:42 pm

Good Luck Brandon!

And good luck to you ABF on your upcoming surgery – hope that goes well for you.

Brave New World

June 21st, 2012
3:42 pm

Good Luck Brandon!

And good luck to you ABF on your upcoming surgery – hope that goes well for you.

David O'Brien

June 21st, 2012
4:01 pm

On another note, DOB, do you have any news on the injury to Evan Gattis, I know he’s been on the DL in Mississippi for awhile, and was wondering if you had any news on what his injury was and how long he’s expected to be out for?

Got his cast off about 10 days ago, should be back in next few days or a week, according to what I was told two weeks ago. It was worse than the original “mild tendinitis” diagnosis. Was actually a strained ligament and inflammation in wrist. They wanted it immobilized to heal. Was going to be about 2 weeks or a little more after he got cast off before he could play again.

IHEARTCARROLL

June 21st, 2012
4:08 pm

Pretty nurses and purple popsicles. That’s my prescription for a rapid recovery.

Good luck Brandon.

Lemke's Knuckler

June 21st, 2012
4:14 pm

Dr. James Andrews is the most powerful man in all of baseball, more so than Bud Selig and Scott Boras.

reckingball

June 21st, 2012
4:32 pm

What exactly is Leo Mazzone’s program to stop pitcher’s arms from breaking down?
If you are going to say, pitching throwing sessions between starts, then how is that going to save wear and tear on a pitcher’s arm, and how is it not going to wear him down even more, as the season progresses?
If Mazzone is so good, then why has he not been hired by another organization since he was ‘laid-off’, from the Oreos?
How come his program did not work for Steve Avery, or John Smoltz?
Ever hear of a stuck record, on the record player? haha

Ken Stallings

June 21st, 2012
5:37 pm

Dawg,

How many people died, or had their lives destroyed, by Tommy John surgery?

People who ask questions like this don’t appear to me to fully appreciate that steroids have a medical purpose. However, that purpose has absolutely nothing to do with athletics. Abusing prescription drugs is illegal. Using a prescription drug for a reason that medicine does not authorize is drug abuse. While I give Jose Conseco credit for showing vastly more integrity and honesty than all the other baseball players who abused prescription drugs, his statements about how medicine in the future will use HGH and steroids reveals his ignorance about medicine!

Getting surgery on a damaged elbow is considered smart medicine. If you cannot truly understand that basic difference then I hope you never need surgery for yourself or someone you care about! Because what you imply is that a person should allow his physical injuries to go without medical treatment because he is a professional athlete. I should hope no one tries to apply such a callous standard to you because of your chosen profession.

JNick

June 22nd, 2012
4:12 am

Dawg, understand the question – but really, you could go on and on about “performance enhancers” – where do you stop? Better understanding of nutrition, exercise routines, training (all legal)…what about the use of batting gloves, or better gloves in the field – or helmets to protect your noggin? How about faster and more comfortable planes to transport the players around faster and more safely….the list of things that could help make players today better is endless….

How about this – should Ruth have an asterisk next to his name because he wasn’t facing ALL of the best players in the world? MLB was 100% white in his time – today, we have players from all over the world – larger pool, better talent….I’d say Ruth had an advantage back then, he only had to face the best white players….

…just sayin’

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