Thursday is officially six weeks since Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy underwent Tommy John surgery, and he has regained the full range of motion in his right elbow. Beachy was leading the majors with a 2.00 ERA when his elbow was injured in June.
"I feel great," Beachy told braves.com. "Now it's just the waiting game."
Beachy won't begin throwing until October, and until then, he says he isn't going to say anything about his actual progress.
"Everyone gets their range of motion back at different times," Beachy said. "The key thing is just to get it back. I've got it back. It's way too early to be thinking of ahead or behind in terms of schedule. The setbacks and all those things happen a lot farther down the road, once you start throwing."
AJC.com reports that though Beachy has been running and rehabbing at Turner Field and is at all the home games, the hardest part for him is when the team is on the road. The worst, Beachy says, was when the Braves came back from a 9-0 deficit to beat the Washington Nationals 11-10 in 11 innings.
“It was pretty tough to be sitting at home by myself, watching that and watching them celebrate and not be there,” Beachy said. “All alone, by myself, turning to my left and right for high fives and nobody is there.”
Tommy John surgery typically takes 12-14 months of rehab time, putting Beachy's timetable at around June 2013.
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