SAN FRANCISCO — After throwing his last scheduled batting-practice session Thursday, Brandon Beachy will throw a side session Sunday and begin a minor-league rehab assignment next week, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
The right-hander is in the 11th month of rehab from Tommy John elbow surgery and is on schedule for a return to the majors in mid-June, within one week of the one-year anniversary of surgery.
Beachy ranked among major league leaders with his 2.00 ERA in 13 starts before he got hurt last summer. Gonzalez said he would make about six minor league rehab starts, going on the same type of schedule that Braves starters follow in spring training, working up from two innings in the first start.
The Braves haven’t said what the plan is when Beachy is ready to return to the major league rotation. Rookie Julio Teheran is the current fifth starter and had a 5.08 ERA and .333 opponents’ average before his start in Friday night’s series opener at San Francisco.
The Braves’ other four starters have ERAs between 2.96 (Mike Minor) and 3.83 (Tim Hudson), and opponents’ averages of .250 or below.
Gattis out of lineup: Catcher-left fielder Evan Gattis wasn’t in the Braves lineup Thursday and probably won’t be Friday. Gonzalez said he wanted the rookie to get accustomed to the windy, spacious outfield for a couple of days before a likely left-field start Saturday.
Brian McCann was expected to catch Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and Gerald Laird is set to catch Saturday.
Former Braves are likely to dominate the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 more than any team has in quite a while, and Bobby Cox could get the ball rolling Monday when the Veterans Committee announces its selections.
The Atlanta Braves delivered their pitch to real estate developers Friday, formally opening the search for a partner on a proposed $400 million mixed-use development adjacent to a new Cobb County stadium.
Atlanta Braves executives will return to work from their Thanksgiving travels Monday, still thankful for $300 million in public funding for a new stadium but aware that last week’s vote by the Cobb County Commission signaled the start of an unforgiving timetable to get the ballpark built by 2017.