Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday night start against the New York Mets. Beachy experienced soreness in his elbow after his Thursday night rehab assignment for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves against the Rochester Red Wings.
Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren made the announcement during the sixth inning of Friday night’s 6-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Wren characterized Beachy’s situation as a minor setback, the first during his year-long rehab, and explained what to expect going forward.
“We had hoped he could make this start on the doubleheader, but it wasn’t a make-or-break start obviously,” Wren said. “The most important thing is to get him healthy long-term, and we feel like pushing him back a little bit, giving him a little more time, is the prudent thing to do.”
Wren said that Beachy was examined at Turner Field Friday night by doctors and that there is inflammation in the elbow that won’t require an MRI.
“We’re going to continue to watch it,” the Braves GM said. “He was as little tender after the last start and this time he was a little more tender. It’s just the smart thing to do, just to slow it down and give him time, because he’s had a really unremarkable rehab until this point. So we feel like everything is going to be fine. We’ve just got to slow down.”
While it appears answers to Beachy’s career will not be known in the near future, what we will learn Sunday is who will start in his place Tuesday night against the Mets. Wren said that the Braves would wait until after Sunday night’s game against the Giants to make the announcement.