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Beachy to see Dr. Andrews; faces possible second Tommy John surgery

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

This has not been a good spring for Brandon Beachy and his fellow Braves pitchers.
This has not been a good spring for Brandon Beachy and his fellow Braves pitchers. (USATSI)

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Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday after leaving his last start with what was called biceps tightness, the team announced. He faces the possibility of a second Tommy John surgery.

Beachy, 27, had his first Tommy John surgery in June 2012. He had another surgery last September to clean out some scar tissue. Beachy made nine minor league starts and five big league starts late last season between the two procedures. He went 12-8 with a 3.07 ERA (127 ERA+) from 2011-12 before blowing out his elbow.

The Braves have not had much luck with health this spring. Kris Medlen, who will also visit Dr. Andrews for a second opinion on Monday, is facing the possibility of a second Tommy John surgery. He told reporters he is already preparing to go under the knife. Mike Minor has been slowed in camp by a shoulder issue as well.

Atlanta signed Ervin Santana to a one-year contract earlier this week to help cover for the injuries. He will join Julio Teheran, Freddy Garcia, Alex Wood and David Hale in the rotation. Minor figures to replace Wood or Hale once he is ready to go.

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