Beachy struggles to get loose in Monday rehab start

Beachy struggles to get loose in Monday rehab start

ATLANTA -- Brandon Beachy knew there was no reason to be alarmed when he struggled to get loose during the Minor League rehab start he made for Double-A Mississippi against Chattanooga on Monday night.

Over the course of the past year, Beachy learned this is something pitchers inevitably experience during their first year back from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.

"Those days are going to happen," Beachy said. "They happen when I'm healthy. I got one out of the way yesterday. Next time, I'll be better prepared to make better adjustments and better pitches when I don't necessarily feel my best."

While feeling less comfortable than he had in his previous rehab starts, Beachy allowed three runs and six hits over five innings. His 80-pitch effort was tarnished by the three hits he surrendered in a two-run second inning and a solo home run he surrendered in the fifth.

"I loosened up the last couple of innings and felt pretty good," Beachy said. "I really struggled to throw effective curveballs and sliders early on. I hung a few and they got some base hits off them."

Beachy will make two more rehab starts before likely being activated to start one of the games in the June 18 doubleheader against the Mets. He will make his rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

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