By Evan Brunell
Brandon Beachy is the next player to go down with an oblique strain, exiting the game after two innings, giving up six hits and three runs in the process.
The odds are that Beachy hits the DL, as manager Fredi Gonzalez termed the injury a "classic" one, which means Beachy will probably be out for several weeks. "Not good," Gonzalez added according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Twitter.
Prior to the game, Beachy had a pristine 2.97 ERA in 27 starts, pretty good for someone who went undrafted and beat out first-round pick Mike Minor for a rotation spot in spring training.
Speaking of Minor, he's Beachy's likely replacement after taking a buzzsaw to Triple-A in 39 2/3 innings, whiffing 43 and allowing just 13 free passes for a 1.82 ERA in six starts. The Braves did illogically call up top prospect Julio Teheran for one start earlier in the season, starting his service time and burning an option in the process. Yes. Teheran was a logical choice given how good he is and that it was his day to start, but giving up that option is rough.
But that's in the past. Despite already showing no fear in dipping down for Teheran, Minor's dominance and extended major-league stint last season makes him a logical long-term fill in for Beachy. Teheran was solid, not great, in his debut, and is likely not quite ready to submit a successful extended stint like Minor appears to be.
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