Brandon Beachy is six weeks out from his elbow reconstruction surgery, out of a sling, and has already gained full range of motion in his right arm. The trick for him is not to overuse it while doing his best to support his teammates in the dugout.
Beachy, who joins the team for all their home games, after doing his rehab and running at the stadium, has been doing a lot of left-handed high-fiving with his teammates.
“This situation (stinks),” said Beachy, who won’t begin light throwing until mid-October. “It (stinks) for me terribly, but me being here when the team is at home, being able to interact with the guys, work out, go run, sit in the dugout, I still feel like I’m a part of it while I’m here.”
Beachy said it’s particularly tough watching the team on TV when they’re on the road, like the July 20th game in Washington when the Braves rallied from 9-0 down to beat the Nationals in extra innings.
“It was pretty tough to be sitting at home by myself, watching that and watching them celebrate and not be there,” Beachy said. “All alone, by myself, turning to my left and right for high fives and nobody is there.”
Matt Diaz was put in a new cast on Thursday and will be examined again by hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie on Monday. He and his doctors are doing everything they can to avoid surgery on his thumb, which would cost him the rest of the season.
Diaz said he received a second opinion from hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland, Ohio, who read his MRI and agreed with Lourie’s course of action.
“He agreed with his assessment in the fact that if it doesn’t calm down on its own there’s no sense in waiting around months to go ahead and get (surgery),” Diaz said. “We should know something in the next week.”