ATLANTA -- That Brandon Beachy suffered a minor setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery was far from surprising. It was the timing of that setback -- less than a week before Beachy was set to return to the rotation -- that frustrated the Braves right-hander, who was called a "perfectionist" multiple times by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez in his discussion of the recovery process.
"Not worried about it at all, it's just unfortunate the timing of it," Beachy said after Saturday night's 6-5 win over the Giants. "I wish it would've happened three weeks ago instead of right now."
Gonzalez listed off the Atlanta pitchers who had navigated their share of bumps in the road in recovering from Tommy John surgery before Saturday's game to give some perspective on Beachy's latest obstacle. That list included fellow starters Tim Hudson and Kris Medlen as well as reliever Jonny Venters, who has undergone the procedure twice in his career.
"[A setback] happens more than pitching on your 12-month anniversary of your Tommy John," Gonzalez said.
Both Beachy and Gonzalez said the Braves had not yet established a new timetable for the right-hander's return. It all depends on how the extra fluid in his elbow clears out over the coming days and weeks, but Beachy was encouraged when the MRI performed on his elbow Saturday morning revealed no structural damage.
"Structurally everything's good," Beachy said. "It's just some inflammation, extra fluid in there, and we're just going to give it some rest. It'll clear out."
"The last time I spoke to Beach and Bubba [head athletic trainer Jeff Porter], we were just going to back off a little bit and let that thing calm down and then restart," Gonzalez said before Saturday's game. "They didn't give me a timeframe, how many days or anything like that. They're just going to kind of let it cool down or settle a little bit before you do anything."
Beachy threw 69 pitches over just three innings and struggled with his control in his final rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett before complaining of the elbow tenderness that led the Braves to scratch him from his Tuesday start.
"No timetable, we'll just see," Beachy said. "As soon as we get it out of there, I'll start throwing again."
Eric Single is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less