ATLANTA -- Brandon Beachy saw his command improve in his second Minor League rehab start, working five scoreless innings for Class A Rome on Wednesday afternoon to put himself one step closer to returning to the Atlanta rotation.
Beachy scattered three hits, recorded three strikeouts and issued a walk during his 68-pitch outing. He needed 70 pitches to get through four less efficient innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.
"That's good, that's encouraging," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He'll go on through his next rehab start and keep going that way."
Beachy will likely make three more starts before potentially returning to Atlanta's rotation to start one of the games of the June 18 doubleheader against the Mets. His next rehab start will come on Monday.
"If everything goes well, there's no setbacks or anything, [the doubleheader] would be a perfect fit, but we know about perfect fits," Gonzalez said. "That's why I do all my stuff in pencil."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less