ATLANTA -- Members of the Braves' medical staff praised Brandon Beachy for the discipline and dedication he showed after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. His hard work was credited to the fact that he went nearly a full year without experiencing any of the expected setbacks.
But in a cruel twist of fate, the minor setback came eight days before the one-year anniversary of this surgical procedure. An MRI performed on Friday showed inflammation around Beachy's elbow.
So instead of making his return by starting a game during Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Beachy will now have to wait a little longer. It is too early to set a potential timetable for his return. But the team and pitcher continue to view this as just a minor setback that happened to occur a little later than normal following Tommy John surgery.
"That's what makes it even more frustrating," Beachy said. "But I've just got to keep working and remain focused on getting back out there."
Beachy said he has experienced some improvement in his right elbow over the past few days. The Braves had the 26-year-old pitcher undergo the MRI after he walked three and needed 69 pitches to complete three innings in what was supposed to be his final Minor League rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
Beachy now admits he experienced some stiffness around his right elbow during each of his final three rehab starts. This did not cause any pain and he was hoping he could continue pitching through this minor ailment that most pitchers experience at some point after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
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.