Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy is scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday after leaving his last start with tightness in his right biceps, the team announced Friday.
Beachy, 27, faces the possibility of a second Tommy John surgery, which would require a year of rehabilitation. He had his first Tommy John surgery in June 2012 and another arthroscopic elbow surgery to clean out scar tissue last September. Andrews could decide that Beachy's elbow needs more time to recover before undergoing a third surgery.
Between the two procedures, Beachy made nine minor league starts and five MLB starts late last season. He was 12-8 with a 3.07 ERA in 2011-12 before requiring the first Tommy John surgery.
Beachy was more optimistic that he wouldn't require more surgery before tests this week revealed a possible ligament tear.
“Lot of frustration,” Beachy said Friday. “Really, really frustrated.”
“I was pretty confident when I talked to you guys after the game Monday,” said Beachy, who had said after coming out of the game early that he wasn’t concerned, that he’d been assured his ligament was fine, and that he was only experiencing normal type of soreness associated with coming back from surgery.
“I was being honest,” he said. “That’s what I was told. Now, it looks like it could be something else. Got to find out more.”
Beachy won't be the only Braves pitcher visiting Dr. Andrews on Monday. Kris Medlen will also see the renowned orthopedic surgeon and has said he is already preparing himself for a second Tommy John surgery of his own.The Braves attempted to compensate for a series of injuries to their staff by signing Ervin Santana to a one-year contract earlier this week.