The operation to reconstruct the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in Beachy’s elbow was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., on Thursday. Andrews has performed many of the operations known as Tommy John surgery.
Beachy faces a recovery of at least one year and will miss the rest of the season.
The loss of Beachy leaves a substantial void in Atlanta’s rotation. The 25-year-old Beachy was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA, tied for lowest in the major leagues, in 13 starts.
“It’s tough,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “He was really doing everything that you can ask, and growing as a pitcher and growing in stature as a guy you could count on to shut the other team down. So it’s tough to lose him, and it’s obviously tough for him.”
The Braves will recall right-hander Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill Beachy’s spot in the rotation. Jurrjens, an All-Star in 2011, will start tonight in Boston.
The right-hander posted a 9.37 ERA in four April starts before being demoted. He went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA last season.
Beachy felt discomfort during a start against the Blue Jays on June 8, so the Braves gave him three extra days of rest before his outing on Saturday. Elbow pain forced him to exit Saturday’s outing after just 3 ⅔ innings. He had retired each of the first 11 batters he faced before his velocity dipped during a walk to Baltimore’s Chris Davis. Beachy departed after the free pass.
“It’s never fun (to see), especially to a guy like Beachy, who is such a good guy,” teammate Tommy Hanson said. “It’s never fun to watch, because at any time I think we all know that could happen to one of us, too. I feel really bad for him. But you know how Beachy is. He’ll work really hard to get back.”