Beachy had the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction performed on June 21 and was able to lob a ball about 30 feet with team physical therapist Lloyd Van Pamelen. The setting wasn't even familiar to Beachy, as it was just outside the clinic in Gwinnett, but he was just glad to be able to throw for the first time since summer.
“I felt giddy, like a little kid,” Beachy said. “It was fun.”
Of course, Beachy had to start slow while softly tossing so as not to re-injure his elbow, and he's okay with that.
“If I was throwing it left-handed you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference,” Beachy said. “But it’s better than nothing.”
Beachy is expected to lengthen his throws to 45 feet on Wednesday and should be throwing off a mound in a matter of months. No time table has been set for throwing off a mound though, which is helping keep Beachy's impatience somewhat at bay.
“I’m not patient at all,” Beachy said. “So it’s better for me not to know when that’s coming than to sit here and think about it and get even more anxious.”
The last time Beachy pitched was June 16 against the Baltimore Orioles. When he tore his UCL and was deemed out for the season, he was leading the National League with a 2.00 ERA.
“That was such a long time ago,” Beachy said. “I felt like I was doing some really good things and I was getting closer to that point where I was establishing myself to where people and myself knew what to expect. I’ve got a long road to start building that back up. I’m going to have to work at it.”
Recovery time from Tommy John is generally 12-14 months, meaning Beachy's return could feasibly come as soon as the 2013 All-Star break.
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