The Atlanta Braves have a sick ward full of pitchers who are recovering from various surgery, so every quality start they get from pitchers this spring is looked at as a gift from the gods. Starter Brandon Beachy just delivered a gift to the Braves with a big bow, in a scoreless three-inning start against the Phillies on Wednesday.
Beachy knows all too well of the struggles some of his teammates are going through in their rehab and recovery from surgery, as he too had to undergo Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss most of 2012 and part of 2013.
Beachy allowed one walk and struck out one in three scoreless innings in an eventual 2-2 tie with Philadephia.
“[I] felt better, more comfortable out there,” Beachy told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. “Turned it up a little bit more while working on stuff. I was able to make some better pitches than the last time out. … A lot better than last time out. Not that the results matter, but I felt better.”
Results are starting to become a concern for the Braves, who entered today’s game with the Phillies at 1-6 for the spring. While records aren’t always important during Spring Training, at some point, getting quality starts from the guys you know will be in the rotation is always a priority.
Beachy is a guy who sets everything up with his fastball, which typically runs about 90-94 mph, so getting arm strength and velocity is paramount for him to be able to use his change-up and slider for out-pitches.