Brandon Beachy has been penciled in to take the rotation spot Tim Hudson held for the Atlanta Braves on Monday. It will be his first Major League start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2012.
Braves.com reports that the team won't make it official until they see how he recovers from the six innings he pitched with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, but they don't expect any setbacks after what Frank Wren called Beachy's most impressive rehab start yet.
"We've got to wait to see how he wakes up this morning," Fredi Gonzalez said. "But I don't see any reason why he would wake up sore or any of that kind of stuff. He'll throw a bullpen [session] tomorrow or the next day, and he'd be a perfect fit to put in there in that Monday slot."
The timing is ironically perfect after Hudson broke his ankle in Wednesday's win over the New York Mets. Alex Wood filled Paul Maholm's spot in the Braves' loss to the Mets on Thursday and is expected to stay in the rotation at least until Maholm returns.
Maholm, who still has swelling in his sprained/bruised left wrist, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 5.
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