PHILADELPHIA -- After spending the past couple of weeks recovering from an untimely setback, Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy has been cleared to begin another Minor League rehab assignment.
Beachy will start for Triple-A Gwinnett in Tuesday night's game against Norfolk at Coolray Field. This will be the first of the two or three rehab starts he will need to make before positioning himself to make his much-anticipated return to Atlanta's rotation.
The Braves had targeted Beachy to start one of the games of the doubleheader played against the Mets on June 18. But while making what was supposed to be his last rehab start for Gwinnett on June 13, he was burdened by what was diagnosed as inflammation in his right elbow.
As he has made steady progress over the past couple of weeks, Beachy has strengthened the belief that the inflammation was simply a normal setback experienced by pitchers when they are attempting to return from Tommy John surgery.
When Beachy was forced to undergo this surgical procedure in June of last year, he was leading the Majors with a 2.00 ERA.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.