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Brian McCann, Brandon Beachy Take Big Steps in Rehab

April 27th, 2013 at 11:20 AM
By Cody Fields

Brian McCann and Brandon Beachy both reached milestones in their rehab for the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

McCann started his minor league rehab assignment by hitting two home runs for Single-A Rome in their 10-6 win over Greensboro. McCann went 2-for-3 and caught for the first six innings.

Though McCann could play up to 20 games in his rehab, he'll likely stay at 10 – five with Rome and another with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Braves.com also reports that McCann's shoulder has been pain-free while swinging for about a month and that his long toss distance increased to 180 feet.

Beachy, meanwhile, threw live batting practice for the first time since having Tommy John surgery last June. He threw a five-minute session to Andrelton Simmons on Friday afternoon at Comerica Park before Atlanta lost to the Detroit Tigers.

Beachy's arm strength obviously isn't close to being game ready, though he has been able to throw from foul pole to foul pole on some days.

"I went back in and looked at the video," Beachy said. "It kind of looked like slow motion in comparison to what I'm expecting to see. I'm letting it go as much as I can right now without trying to blow it out. I'm not there yet. But I believe the strength will come."

Beachy is scheduled to throw another BP session on Sunday. His goal is to rejoin the rotation in late June.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Beachy, Brian McCann, MLB

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