Checking in with Beachy; latest on Diaz injury

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.”

Diaz waits

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.”

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David from Athens, AL

August 2nd, 2012
6:54 pm

Nerdbucket Moylan

August 2nd, 2012
6:57 pm

Reed Johnson, finally a decent OBP guy added by Wren

bruce

August 2nd, 2012
6:58 pm

Brandon should pick a sports bar to watch the away games, there will be plenty to hi-five with left handed.

ChipperisGod

August 2nd, 2012
7:05 pm

Poor Beach. No worries, next year will be here, soon. I smell a cy young in his future.

Logan

August 2nd, 2012
7:15 pm

Lets get this show underway.

nobody

August 2nd, 2012
7:43 pm

Tell beachy he can come to my place to watch away games lol

JOe

August 2nd, 2012
8:01 pm

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JJBantam

August 2nd, 2012
8:13 pm

No, Joe Simpson it is not “deceptive” to say Martin Prado is hitting .239 in the last dozen games. That is what he’s hitting. It’s like being pulled over for speeding at 90 MPH and telling the cop, “well that’s deceptive.” How about just telling it like it is (for the first time in your career.) We’re not insecure 7th graders.

Keith

August 2nd, 2012
8:26 pm

JJBantam,

It would be deceptive if I was going 90 MPH and was being chased by an Army hummer that was shooting at me with an MK-47.

Think that’s what he means. There are other things to consider – how he is hitting the ball, working th pitch count, etc.

Go BRAVES! :)

Jaun Pizzaro

August 2nd, 2012
8:34 pm

Del Crandall tells me Livan is now pitching for Milwaukee. In another 2 years he could have pitched for every major league team.
Look forward to seeing him at next year’s old timer’s game at Turner Field.

Geno

August 2nd, 2012
8:43 pm

I hope the healing continues well for Beachy. He is a class act and a key part of our future? Hang in there, dude. You will return with a stronger arm and passion!

Joe Adcock

August 2nd, 2012
8:44 pm

Nate McLouth has left the building in Pittsburgh and is now in the Baltimore minor league organization. Wonder if the same thing will happen to Jack Wilson. We just don’t do well with old Pirates.

BRAVESFAN

August 2nd, 2012
8:53 pm

I cried the day Beachy got injured but anyone who has followed him knows he’s going to come back stronger and smarter. DOB, do pitchers recovering from TJ help the team by doing some advance scouting or try to sort out how the other team is exploiting the Braves weaknesses?

Thanks for this update!

Pay Martin Prado

August 2nd, 2012
9:35 pm

Pay Martin Prado. Why has this not been done yet?

Gene

August 2nd, 2012
9:58 pm

Good luck in Beachy’s recovery.

Kevin

August 2nd, 2012
10:06 pm

Don’t count on seeing Beachy till at LEAST mid-summer next year

Dudley Dooright

August 2nd, 2012
10:21 pm

Come on AJC. Car ads okay, but please dump those obnoxious political ads.

Dubvee

August 2nd, 2012
10:28 pm

Is Minor OK? Looks like he only pitched 3 or so innings, but was doing well. He isn’t hurt, is he?

Glenn

August 2nd, 2012
11:05 pm

Rain delay was the reason he only pitched a few innings.

Yogi Berra

August 2nd, 2012
11:09 pm

Diaz next year…Beachy no need to rush. Go Braves!

gcs

August 2nd, 2012
11:09 pm

There is no reason for Jack Wilson to hurry back. It would be awful if he got hurt again.
Just take your time… maybe a month… or two… or three…

Ralph

August 3rd, 2012
7:46 am

I would like to wish Matty a speedy recovery but somewhere besides Atlanta, we have no need for his talents any longer, same goes for Jack Wilson.

urban redneck

August 3rd, 2012
9:02 am

beachy can come sit on my couch. poor guy. there have been lots of reasons for high fives lately. go bravos.

Speedy Gone zalez

August 3rd, 2012
9:24 am

Wilson & Diaz are done, & throw in Hinske too, all dead weight on the bench. When Simmons comes back we have 4 SS, Wilson will be released. Reed is an upgrade over Diaz, & Hinske is a LH Uggla. Id rather have Jose than Hinske, time to cut bait on our bench!

Ralph

August 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

Having a player like Prado eliminates the need for a lot of back up position players on the bench, he can fill in at any position except possibly catcher, so what we need on the bench is pinch hitters who can hit. The only problem with this is WHERE do we get a back up for Prado? answer – there aren’t any

bustersonly

August 3rd, 2012
9:53 am

I agree Ralph, Prado may not have the best numbers at the end of the year but when it comes to true value he is far and away the Most Valuable Player in either league. He not only plays all positions but does so in an outstanding manner.

Rick

August 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

I went to the hand doctor one he he told me that I was fat. I told him I wanted a second opinion. He obliged and told me that I was ugly too….

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August 3rd, 2012
10:30 am

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Heisenberg

August 3rd, 2012
10:59 am

Diaz thumb has not calmed down by itself for over 2 years now. Why would they think a couple more weeks will make a difference? With the addition of Reed Johnson, he should focus on telling prospective employers for next year how the rehab is going.

Ralph

August 3rd, 2012
11:33 am

And what about the rest of this year?

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

Even if Diaz’s thumb heals up, he has lost his spot on the 25 man roster. Only hope for him is when the rosters expand to 40 on 1 Sep…

JeanE

August 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

I am the single lone Matty Diaz fan left. I hope his thumb gets better but I fear there won’t be any room for him.So sad, I love to watch him play, it’s always fun and entertaining and he give it his ALL. Get well Matty D!!!!!

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