Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Five months after coming off Tommy John surgery, Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy is targeting a return to the mound around mid-June next season.
Beachy, who suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow during a game against the Baltimore Orioles, said he learned the value of patience during his long rehabilitation.
The 26-year-old hurler started his rehabilitation weeks after the Braves were eliminated in the postseason race. In a matter of weeks, Beachy started to catch balls from 30 to 60 feet out as he steadily regains his arm strength.
“They’re starting to let me turn it loose,” Beachy told MLB.com. “They’re restricting the distance and the quantity. But I get to just go play catch. It’s nice. I feel somewhat like an athlete again, for a little bit, three times a week.”
If there aren’t any setbacks, Beachy could start hurling again after two months and hike up his activity in the Spring Training.
Beachy was off to a terrific start in the 2012 season, posting a league best 2.00 ERA through his first 12 starts. The Braves starter could be back on the mound around June.