NEW YORK -- An MRI performed on Monday revealed Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He will visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to learn whether he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.
The Braves announced the results of the MRI after Monday night's 6-2 loss to the Yankees. With six losses in their past seven games, they now face the possibility of losing Beachy for at least the remainder of this season.
While some members of the organization were holding out hope, hours before this announcement Braves general manager Frank Wren said about Beachy's situation, "It's kind of hard to be real optimistic right now."
If Beachy needs to undergo Tommy John surgery, he will likely need 12 months to recover. There is a chance Andrews will suggest that they wait a few more weeks before determining if surgery is necessary. But this decision could delay his return in 2013 if it is eventually determined he needs to undergo the surgical procedure.
Beachy's future has been clouded with uncertainty since he was forced to exit Saturday night's start against the Orioles with elbow discomfort.
Beachy, who leads the Major Leagues with a 2.00 ERA, felt some right elbow discomfort during his June 8 start against the Blue Jays. The symptoms at that time provided reason to believe he was dealing with bone spurs. Thus the decision was made to give him three extra days of rest leading into this past Saturday's start.
Beachy retired each of the first 11 Baltimore hitters he faced on Saturday and then threw consecutive curveballs in the dirt to begin Chris Davis' two-out, fourth-inning plate appearance. His fastball then dipped down to 86 mph before he ended his outing by walking Davis.