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Beachy excited to begin rehab assignment

Beachy excited to begin rehab assignment

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Beachy has impressed the Braves with the discipline and dedication he has displayed while rehabbing from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. His hard work has positioned him to rejoin Atlanta's starting rotation during the middle of June.

Beachy will begin his Minor League rehab assignment with a two-inning outing during an extended spring training game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, the 26-year-old right-handed pitcher will likely make at least six starts before being activated from the disabled list.

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"I've been looking forward to this for 11 months, the opportunity to face a batter in a game setting," Beachy said. "It will be a fun test."

Beachy was leading the Majors with a 2.00 ERA before he learned he needed to undergo surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. His return could provide the Braves with a legitimate top-of-the-rotation starter for this season's final 3 1/2 months.

After making his initial rehab start in Florida, Beachy will return to Atlanta to make the remainder of his starts with Class A Rome, Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. If he needs just six starts to complete his rehab assignment, he could return during the home series against the Giants, which is scheduled for June 14-16.

"It's still awhile yet in terms of days," Beachy said. "But it's going to go by a lot faster now that I'm in a routine. I'm getting to where I want to be."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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