Brandon Beachy made his ninth and probably final minor league rehab start for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. The timing of what is likely his last appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett couldn't be better, as Tim Hudson is done for the season after breaking his ankle on Wednesday.
Beachy threw six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits, though he did issue four walks. He also struck out three while throwing 86 pitches, 51 of which were strikes.
With Hudson's injury Wednesday, the Braves are almost certain to activate Beachy after this start, particularly with the absence of Paul Maholm for at least the next couple of weeks with his sprained wrist.
That would put Beachy on track to start Monday, which would have been Hudson's next start; it would be a seamless fit.
Beachy had Tommy John surgery in June 2012. He led the National League at the time with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts.
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