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Atlanta Braves’ Brandon Beachy Has Surgery to Clean up Elbow

September 27th, 2013 at 8:20 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves shut down Brandon Beachy once again this week, but this time it was so Dr. James Andrews could clean up some areas of Beachy's elbow in a much less invasive surgery than Tommy John on Thursday, ajc.com reports.

Instead of a full blown Tommy John, Andrews performed an arthroscopic procedure to alleviate two irritated areas in Beachy's elbow, through Frank Wren said it didn't involve bone spurs or chips.

“It’s the type of small irritations that don’t show up on a normal MRI,” Wren said. “And so when Dr. Andrews got in there, he found the source of the problems. There were really two areas, one in the back of the elbow and one in the outside, that he had had just these little discomforts over the course of time and couldn’t quite get him over the hump. And he found the reason in both cases. I think everybody is encouraged.

“Just in the healing process, these little fragments or something, I don’t know the best way to describe it other than it’s just small foreign objects that keep it from healing properly. So I think it’s probably the best news we could hope for, and the normal return is three months on this type of surgery. He should come into spring training on time and 100 percent.”

Beachy was hopeful to pitch again this season after going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts, but soreness developed every time he started throwing again.

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