ATLANTA -- It was all in good fun, but the glowing report Brandon Beachy relayed before Thursday's game against the Reds confirmed that the right-hander's rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett had gone off without a hitch.
"They said I was sitting between I think 102-103 [mph] the whole time, so that's pretty good," Beachy joked.
Beachy was in high spirits two days removed from his first rehab start since suffering a setback just before his scheduled mid-June return from Tommy John surgery. Squaring off against former Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens in Gwinnett on Tuesday night, Beachy threw 45 pitches in three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk.
"It was nice to get it going," Beachy said. "I didn't have the cleanest of starts, but I felt pretty good. I think I threw some quality pitches. It's definitely an improvement. I felt so much better."
Beachy issued a four-pitch walk to the first batter he faced and gave up a pair of doubles during a two-run first inning. He bounced back and went on to face the minimum in his final two innings, ending his outing with a strikeout.
"It's reassuring, because I've been throwing bullpens and stuff, so I knew that it felt different and it felt better," Beachy said. "Going through it and bouncing back pretty normally doesn't do anything to hurt my confidence."
Beachy was back with the Braves on Thursday, and he planned to throw a bullpen session before being sent back out for his second rehab start, which will likely come on Sunday, if he remains on a five-day schedule. It was still too early to put a date on when he might return to the Braves' rotation, but Beachy was cautiously hopeful he wouldn't need more than three rehab starts to regain full confidence in his elbow.
"It's something you can't really put a date on it, you just have to see, because it could flare back up at any time," Beachy said. "Something new could happen, it's just the nature of it, but hopefully if all goes well, I can get my pitch count up and start commanding some breaking balls a little better. Hopefully I'll be able to compete by then."
Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.