CHICAGO -- Rehabbing starter Brandon Beachy picked up the win in a 5-4 victory for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday night against Indianapolis.
Beachy, who's recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent last season, threw five innings and allowed one run on five hits. He also walked one and struck out three. It's another progression in Beachy's rehab assignment, which was shut down in late June because of discomfort in his elbow.
The right-hander threw three innings on July 9 against Norfolk, giving up two runs on three hits in his first start back and then tossed four innings on July 14 at Durham (one run on four hits). On Friday night, he only needed 70 pitches to get through his five innings and threw 15 more fastballs in the bullpen afterward to reach his set pitch count.
"I just saw the game report and he threw the ball really, really well," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said before Saturday afternoon's game against the White Sox. "Everything was really [good], he commanded the ball well, spun some breaking balls. It was a good sign."
A better sign will be how Beachy's arm responds Saturday.
"No question, but the report did say that after the game he's felt the best he's felt in a while," Gonzalez said. "That next day, how he feels, is always [important], but from what I read in the reports, I don't feel like there's going to be any other problem."
The biggest "problem" might be what Gonzalez wants to do with his staff when Beachy is deemed ready to return. Gonzalez mentioned that Beachy's next milestone might be throwing seven innings in a rehab start. After that, he could have some tough decisions.
"Those problems usually take care of themselves," Gonzalez said. "For a month, when he started his rehab, everybody was like, 'When's Beachy coming up? When is he coming back?' and we had kind of a mental date penciled in and [after] his last rehab start [in June] he goes, 'I don't feel too good, shut it down,' So, we'll see what happens."
Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less