When Brandon Beachy went on the disabled list with discomfort in his right elbow five starts after Tommy John surgery, it seemed logical to panic. But the Atlanta Braves aren't looking at it that way.
In fact, the situation is strikingly similar to that of former Brave John Smoltz, who was forced to miss all of 2000 with Tommy John surgery. Five starts into his 2001 comeback, he spent six weeks on the disabled list with the same kind of discomfort.
"[Smoltz] said some people tell you it's 12 months, but you don't feel really, really good until the 14th or 15th month," Fredi Gonzalez said on braves.com. "Everybody is different. … It's always good when you hear Smoltzie say it's normal."
Beachy had a similar drop in velocity and discomfort in his elbow as when he was shut down approximately two months ago, which is why he is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews again. The good news is that he isn't describing pain that would lead the Braves to believe he's re-torn his UCL.
"I'm not really overly concerned about what he is telling us," Gonzalez said.
This should hopefully be a quick stint on the DL for Beachy. A rotation that was once the deepest in the Major Leagues is thinning quickly.
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