Last week Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy was on top of the world. He was enjoying a breakout season, but now his career is in jeopardy.
The 25-year-old Beachy was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday a day after leaving a start early with a sore right elbow. Today Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that Beachy would undergo Tommy John surgery after getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.
Andrews will perform the reconstructive elbow procedure on Thursday, and Beachy’s recovery time is expected to be 12 to 18 months.
Before the injury Beachy was 5-5 but was tied for the major league lead with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts. The Indiana Wesleyan product also had a phenomenal 0.96 WHIP.
Jair Jurrjens will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Friday against the Boston Red Sox.