Beachy disappointed but looking ahead to recovery

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

It’s a small step – but the first on the road to recovery for Brandon Beachy. The Braves right-hander, five days removed from ligament-transplant surgery, will exchange his soft cast and sling for a simple brace tomorrow.

“It sucks, obviously, but it’s something I can’t control now,” Beachy said after undergoing ‘Tommy John’ surgery Thursday to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. “It’s done and now I’m just looking forward. It’s not fun watching these guys on TV but I’ll make it through.”

Beachy said he was told by doctors that the injury was not new. He had been pitching with the issue for months, possibly years, before coming out in the fourth inning of his start against the Orioles on June 16.

“It wasn’t something I did that night,” Beachy said. “It just got worse and got the point and it felt like it was going to come all the way off. It didn’t though. … There was discomfort. I’ve been dealing with stuff. I definitely didn’t think it would come to this.”

Beachy’s mother was in town over the weekend to help him get around with the use of only his left arm.

Beachy, 25, had emerged as an All-Star candidate after going 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in his first 13 starts, tied for the National League ERA lead and leading the majors with a .171 opponents’ batting average.

Several pitchers on the Braves’ staff have returned from the surgery, which will require nearly a year of recovery. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Beachy pointed to Tim Hudson, Kris Medlen and Jonny Venters has players he will lean on during his rehabilitation.

“It makes me more excited,” Beachy said of the success he was having this season before the injury. “I was able to do what I was doing. Hopefully next year, I’ll be good and healthy and can do even better. I’m excited for that chance. To know what it’s like to pitch pain free again.”

Beachy said it will help to be around the clubhouse as he goes through his rehabilitation. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez  spoke to Beachy Tuesday after the team returned from a six-game road trip.

“The guys that do well after that procedure are the guys who have a good work ethic, good work habits,” Gonzalez said. “He is that type of guy. … I expect a full recovery 10-11 months down the road. He is the right guy to get through it.”

15 comments Add your comment

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
5:47 pm

get well soon Beach!

Mark (another one)

June 26th, 2012
5:53 pm

I second that!

Whiskey River

June 26th, 2012
5:58 pm

It’s Unanimous.

TexasRose

June 26th, 2012
6:21 pm

smithyred

June 26th, 2012
6:21 pm

Good to hear that Beachy is doing good. I hate that this happen to him but he will be a better pitcher for this. I hope they will invite him up in the tv booth for a few minutes sometime soon.

Best to you and get well soon.

bruce

June 26th, 2012
6:28 pm

So glad you are on your way back!

Sgt. Pepper's

June 26th, 2012
6:37 pm

I didn’t realize Venters had already had Tommy John. How long ago was that?

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
6:42 pm

Sgt. Pepper’s:2005

You were injured during what should have been your first full minor league season in 2005. What happened and what was that process like?

I threw 100 innings – right around there (103 actually). I ended up blowing my elbow out. I had Tommy John surgery at the end of that year. I missed the whole next year.

Jonny Venters missed the entire 2006 season after having Tommy John surgery late in 2005.

Quack Quack

June 26th, 2012
10:38 pm

Beachy, glad everything went well with surgery. Hang tight, you’ll be back better than ever.

Jake MacGregor

June 26th, 2012
11:20 pm

Brandon – You have impressed me with your work ethic, character and drive. I know you will come through this and become a perennial All-Star. Know that thousands of us avid fans are in your corner and our well wishes and prayers are with you as you rehab. God Speed Brandon.

MikeY

June 27th, 2012
5:46 am

If he had this injury, possibly for year, it makes you wonder why the Braves do not MRI every pitcher’s pitching elbow every year in spring training, just as screening to see what is up with their elbows. Then they could treat/monitor/limit innings/schedule surgery if required.

Don

June 27th, 2012
9:06 am

For the last 7 years (since Leo left as Pitching Coach), —– For Braves Starting Pitchers, it has mainly not been a question of ‘IF” I will be INJURED but RATHER “WHEN” will I be INJURED.

Art Vandelay

June 27th, 2012
2:58 pm

Don, are you suggesting that Mazzone somehow magically prevented injuries to his pitching staff simply by being present, or that McDowell is somehow causing them? I seem to recall a certain Braves starter named Smoltz undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2000 after years of repeated arm injuries. Who was the pitching coach back then? Do you think Stephen Strasburg’s injury was a result of his pitching coach? What about the other roughly 170 pitchers who have undergone the same operation? Who should they blame?

ME

June 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

love me some Brandon Beachy….so sad for his season to end this way, but he WILL be back, and hopefully better!! im gonna miss seeing him on the mound tho…hes def not bad to look at for 7+ innings… :)

bobby

June 27th, 2012
3:18 pm

I can’t understand the Einsteins on here blaming the pitching coach for a player having or not having arm problems. I haven’t seen one yet on the mound throwing the ball.

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