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Atlanta Braves to Give Brandon Beachy an Extra Day of Rest

June 12th, 2012 at 9:49 AM
By Zach Powell

The Atlanta Braves have been shuffling their rotation a bit lately with injuries and their pitchers needing additional rest. You can now add Brandon Beachy to that list.

The Braves had intentions of pushing Beachy back to Friday's game against the Baltimore Orioles after Tim Hudson was skipped in the rotation due to bone spurs in his ankle. The team decided yesterday that they would give him an additional day after noticing a dip in velocity and he'll take the mound for Saturday's game against Baltimore.

Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez noticed Beachy's fastball hanging around 88 to 89 mph rather than his usual 90-93 mph. However, Gonzalez went out of his way to shoot down rumors of elbow soreness and declaring the sole reason for the extra day off was rest. Beachy reaffirmed that there were no lingering effects when asked if he was concerned about his speed in an interview saying, "I'm not worried about anything. I'll be fine. There's nothing to speak of."

Tommy Hanson will take the mound Friday against the Baltimore Orioles on five days rest. Hanson is coming off a career high 8 IP and a win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Brandon Beachy, MLB, Tommy Hanson

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