The Braves originally hoped to have Beachy back for a June 18 doubleheader against the Mets but he suffered a setback with elbow inflammation just prior to returning. Beachy said he hasn’t had any problems since, after 10 days of rest and then preparing for and throwing four more starts on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Beachy might have made one more start on his rehab assignment if Hudson hadn’t broken his ankle Wednesday night in New York, but both he and the Braves were comfortable that he’s ready. That’s something Beachy said he could feel over the final start or two.
“Obviously it’s going to be a little faster here than it was in Triple-A,” Beachy said. “But there was definitely a moment where things kind of started slowing down and felt in control no matter what the count, what the situation.”
Gonzalez said he’d likely cap Beachy at around 100 pitches, treating it like his first start coming out of spring training. Beachy got up to about 95 pitches in his final rehab outing, including some post-game bullpen work.
For Beachy, Monday might feel a little like making his major league debut all over again. Only this time he’s actually had a lot more anticipation. Beachy broke into the majors on Sept. 20, 2010 in Philadelphia, not knowing if he was even going to be needed for the start until Jair Jurrjens tested out his knee prior to the game.
“It’ll probably be more typical of other people’s debuts this time around in the sense that I know it’s coming and I’ve got time to prepare for it,” Beachy said. “You know the story of the last one. Kind of happened so fast, it didn’t really sink in to me. Hopefully I’ll be able to sleep tonight, control my emotions tomorrow.”
The Braves will likely put Paul Maholm (sore left wrist) on the disabled list when they activate Beachy.