Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen to see Dr. Andrews, 2nd Tommy John surgeries expected


Mar 5, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher

Brandon Beachy

(37) warms up in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Brighthouse Networks Field. Mandatory Credit:

David Manning


To bring more bad news to the Atlanta Braves, Mark Bowman announced on twitter today that Brandon Beachy would be joining Kris Medlen in getting an evaluation from Dr. James Andrews on Monday:

Brandon Beachy recently came out of his March 10 start in spring training after just two innings. He was scheduled to pitch four, but was feeling some bicep soreness–something that the organization and Beachy both hoped would be a normal setback. As more of the details come out though, it seems likely that Beachy will join Medlen in undergoing a second Tommy John surgery:

Obviously this is bad news for the Braves and it’s looking like a group of Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Ervin Santana, Alex Wood, David Hale and Freddy Garcia are going to be relied upon to throw the bulk of Atlanta’s innings this year. We also have to remember that Minor is dealing with his own injury issues as well, and might not be ready by Opening Day.

All teams head into the season knowing that it’s highly unlikely for all the starters to remain healthy the whole year, but it’s still extremely unlucky for this to happen to two starters in Spring Training.

It’s bad for the Braves and it’s definitely bad for both Medlen and Beachy. We wish them the best of luck in this, and hope they can come back to the mound for an extended period after all of this is done with.