Tomorrow Brandon Beachy will pitch two innings in extended spring training, and then make his first minor league start on Sunday for the AAA Gwinnett Braves. Hopefully Beachy’s rehab will progress without setback, as a healthy Brandon Beachy would be a huge shot in the arm for the Braves.
Before the game tonight Martin Prado said that he’s very appreciative of the support that Braves fans gave him, both before and after the trade. Lot of Braves fans in the online forums and social media networks expressed outrage when Prado was traded.
Prado isn’t the only ex-Brave playing for the Diamondbacks. Left-handed hitting utility man, Eric Hinske, also plays for Arizona. Not surprised that Hinske is hitting only .200, with a .250 OBP. His bat looked slow last season and slow bats are like bad knees. They don’t get better, they just get older.
Jason Heyward will probably come off the disabled list on Friday, in time to start the home stand against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Be interesting where Fredi hits him in the line-up, particularly against right-handed pitching. Schafer has done a great job leading off and Simmons is turning into a prototypical number two hitter. So where does that leave Jason?
Finally, Jonny Venters is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Thursday. Another Tommy John surgery is reportedly a real possibility.