June 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Beachy Has Torn Ligament
Following last night’s game, Fredi Gonzalez announced Brandon Beachy has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will likely need Tommy John surgery. Beachy will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, but the writing is on the wall in regards to the damage to his elbow. The worst case scenario appears to be playing out.
If Beachy does indeed need surgery, the Braves have options to fill the void. Kris Medlen is now stretched and can move right into the spot, and the staff would get good value from him in a starting role. But if the Braves are set on Medlen spelling the bullpen with multiple innings in relief, they could put their confidence in Julio Teheran with a call up and rotation spot, and see how he handles a guaranteed role. Teheran pitched well in his one major league start earlier this month and has proven capable as a major league pitcher.
In what could be considered a spot start, Jair Jurrjens will pitch Friday in Boston. How he handles the outing could determine whether he stays with the team in a more stable role, but for now it should be considered a tryout. There remains the possibility Jurrjens could return to the rotation with Beachy absent.
Turning to Tim
The Braves were defeated 6-2 on Monday as the Yankees got to Mike Minor for four runs between the fifth and sixth innings. The Braves lost for the seventh time in eight games, scoring a total of 16 runs over the stretch. They had previously won eight of nine before this skid, and before that had lost eight in a row.
The Braves will turn to Tim Hudson to stop the skid and end the Yankees’ 10-game winning streak. Hudson gave up three runs in six innings while striking out eight against New York the last time they met. Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Yankees in the rematch. Kuroda gave up two runs in six innings while also striking out eight. Game time is 7:05. Nationally: MLB Network. Atlanta: SportSouth. New York: MY9.
Braves lineup: Michael Bourn (CF), Martin Prado (LF), Brian McCann (C), Dan Uggla (2B), Freddie Freeman (1B), Chipper Jones (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Andrelton Simmons (SS), Eric Hinske (DH), Tim Hudson (R, P)..
Yankees lineup: Derek Jeter (R, SS), Curtis Granderson (L, CF), Alex Rodriguez (R, DH), Robinson Cano (L, 2B), Mark Teixeira (S, 1B), Raul Ibanez (L, LF), Nick Swisher (S, RF), Eric Chavez (L, 3B), Russell Martin (R, C), Hiroki Kuroda (R, P).
Freddie Freeman could return to the lineup today after receiving a cortisone shot in his injured finger Saturday. Freeman will hit early BP and see how his finger responds prior to the game.
Update (6:10p): David Schoenfield of ESPN SweetSpot blog argues his case for replacing Brandon Beachy’s rotation spot with Kris Medlen.
Update (6:10p): Craig Brown of Fake Teams writes on the return of Jair Jurrjens.
Update (6:05p): Michael Barr of FanGraphs writes that the Braves are in sudden need for starting pitching.
Update (5:45p): The Brewers designated former Brave Brooks Conrad for assignment to make room for Tyler Thornburg, who is making his debut tonight.
AJC quotes following Monday’s loss. Fredi Gonzalez on Mike Minor: “Keep running him out there. We ran him back out there in the sixth just to get him through that stuff. We see it a lot with pitchers. He’s plenty good enough to get through that lineup. We’ve seen it in spurts, now we’ve got to get him to rattle off four or five starts in a row to get him through that stuff.”
Livan Hernandez was officially released Monday, after being designated for assignment last week. Hernandez indicated he wants to continue pitching.
Matt Lentzner writes a great piece for Baseball Prospectus explaining the platoon splits of submarine and sidearm pitchers.
Around the NL East
Update (5:50p): The hits keep coming for the Phillies. Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a PED.
R.A. Dickey pitched a second consecutive one-hitter on Monday and is in the midst of a great run.
David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News looks at using outs made as the basis for determining a hitter’s value. Obviously, it’s not the most advanced way of determining value, but at least he’s writing about stats for a newspaper.
ESPN’s Baseball Today podcast includes notes on the NL East and the Braves-Yankees series.