Sunday, Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen had to leave his outing early due to a right forearm strain. Monday, things got a bit worse for the Braves when Brandon Beachy had to cut his outing short as well. Beachy's issue is tightness in his biceps (David O'Brien on Twitter).
Beachy told reporters that his discomfort was different than the issues he faced last season and that he isn't concerned that there's inflammation in his elbow (Mark Bowman on Twitter).
That isn't likely to be a popular opinion among Braves fans, though. Beachy had Tommy John surgery in June of 2012 and needed some additional surgical cleanup after coming back to make five starts last season. Oh, and there's this:
One scout said Beachy's fastball topped out at 87 today. Another had him at 88. Either way, this adds to the concern.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 10, 2014
Beachy's fastball, when he's healthy, usually sits in the low-90s and can top out around 94. This was only his third outing of the spring, but the velocity issue teamed with the tightness/inflammation has to be a concern.
Beachy, 27, was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings last season. In 2012, prior to his UCL injury that required Tommy John surgery, he was leading the NL with a 2.00 ERA in 81 innings while also adding a 0.96 WHIP.
Mike Minor and Medlen are also dealing with injuries, leaving Julio Teheran and Alex Wood as the healthy members of the presumed opening-day rotation. Freddy Garcia provides depth, but the Braves are definitely hurting right now.