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Brandon Beachy to Make 2013 Debut for Atlanta Braves Monday

July 29th, 2013 at 9:01 AM
By Cody Fields

Brandon Beachy will finally pitch for the Atlanta Braves this season after 13 months of Tommy John rehab, taking the hill against the Colorado Rockies in the series opener Monday night.

The 26-year-old right-hander was leading the National League with a 2.00 ERA when he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in June 2012.

“I’m excited,” Beachy said on ajc.com. “I’m ready. Been waiting a long time for this.”

The Braves originally planned to bring back Beachy for their doubleheader June 18, but he was shut down for three weeks with elbow inflammation. They then intended for Beachy to have one more rehab start this time, but Tim Hudson broke his ankle on Wednesday, paving the way for Beachy to return Monday.

“It’s almost like a trade,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Like a big piece on the trade deadline – a guy that before he got hurt, he was one of the dominant pitchers in the National League. I don’t think he’s going to pitch to that level, first time out, but I think he’ll be close.”

Gonzalez plans to limit Beachy to 100 pitches. Beachy threw 95 in his last rehab start, when a post-outing bullpen session is counted.

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