ATLANTA -- Brandon Beachy does not seem too concerned about the slight discomfort he recently felt near his right elbow, but the Braves are going to take advantage of a chance to give him a couple of extra days to rest before his next outing.
Beachy's scheduled turn on Wednesday will be filled by Tim Hudson, who had his own start pushed back by a few days because of left ankle discomfort. With a scheduled off-day on Thursday, the Braves could bring Beachy back for Friday night's series opener against the Orioles, but it seems they are leaning toward having him pitch on Saturday. This would give him seven days of rest between starts.
If Beachy does start on Saturday, Tommy Hanson will start Friday's game against the Orioles on one extra day of rest.
"Any time you can get those guys an extra day, if you can, you would like to do that," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
When asked if he has been feeling any discomfort in his arm, Beachy said, "Nothing worth mentioning."
Beachy, who leads the Majors with a 1.98 ERA, has made each of his past two starts on an extra day of rest. Still, his command has not been as sharp as it was during the early portion of the season. There was also some concern when just one of the six four-seam fastballs Beachy threw during Friday's sixth inning touched 90 mph.
According to FanGraphs.com, Beachy's four-seam fastball has averaged 91 mph this year. But it should be noted that five of those fastballs were thrown while Beachy was pitching out of the stretch with nobody on base in attempt to throw off Jose Bautista's timing. It did not necessarily work, as Bautista opened the inning by hitting an 87-mph fastball over the left-field wall.
Hudson provided the Braves some good news when he got through Monday's bullpen session without much of a problem. The veteran pitcher was bothered by bone spurs in his ankle while tossing a shutout against the Marlins last week. When the discomfort worsened as the week progressed, the Braves skipped him on Sunday with the intention of starting him on Wednesday.
"It felt all right," Hudson said after Monday's bullpen session. "It felt good enough. I didn't expect it to be all of a sudden 100 percent. I think Wednesday should be good. I mean, it was good enough today to pitch."