Beachy could also be destined for a second Tommy John surgery
Two days after Kris Medlen confirmed he is likely destined to undergo a second Tommy John surgery, Brandon Beachy stood in the Braves clubhouse on Friday morning and indicated he is prepared to realize the same fate.
Medlen and Beachy will both be evaluated by Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Results of tests performed this week have given both of these Braves pitchers no choice but to be prepared to undergo this elbow ligament replacement procedure for the second time in less than four years.
“There’s a lot of frustration,” Beachy said. “I’m really, really frustrated. But there’s nothing I can do about it now.”
Less than 24 hours after Medlen exited Sunday’s start against the Mets with an ailing elbow, Beachy lasted two innings in a start against the Phillies that was marred by tightness around his right elbow and biceps muscle. He was told the discomfort was to be expected as he attempted to return from the two elbow surgeries he has undergone over the past 20 months.
But the images from an MRI exam and a stress X-ray performed earlier this week have indicate he has some damage around the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
“It wasn’t what I would have liked it to have been,” Beachy said of the results. “I was pretty confident when I left the game on Monday. That was based on what I was told. I was being honest. Now it looks like it might be something else. It’s frustrating, very frustrating.”