Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have elbow ligament replaced again

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time today and is expected to miss the entire season.

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The Braves said Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache will operate in Los Angeles. Beachy’s ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by Dr. James Andrews on June 21, 2012, and Beachy returned to go 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings over five starts from July 29 to Aug. 20 last summer.

He finished the season on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation and left his third spring training start after two innings on March 10 complaining of soreness in his elbow and biceps.

Beachy, 27, sought a second opinion after he was examined Monday by Andrews, who recommended surgery.

“It was confirmed by both doctors that he needed it, so he chose to have the surgery out there,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “The way I look at it, this is his career. He’s got to feel confident and comfortable with how this is going to play out. If he has a better comfort level with one doctor versus another, that’s OK. That’s all part of the healing process going forward is that confidence. If that’s how he feels, that’s OK.”

Braves pitcher Kris Medlen had a right elbow ligament replaced by Andrews for the second time Tuesday.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson suggested Thursday that Major League Baseball study how to prevent reoccurrances.

“We and the rest of baseball need to do more research into exactly what happens between the first surgery and the second injury, because obviously it’s devastating when it happens,” Alderson said. “All of baseball is suffering from this – I don’t want to call it an epidemic – certainly it’s something that bears more research.”

New York obviously is interested, given that ace Matt Harvey had similar surgery in October.

SANTANA ‘FEELS VERY GOOD’ IN DEBUT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Ervin Santana was surprised when Eric Young Jr., his first batter of spring training, bunted and reached on a single.

Pretty much everything else went according to plan for Santana, who allowed one run over two innings Thursday in his first game for the Atlanta Braves, a 7-6 loss to the New York Mets.

Signed to a $14.1 million, one-year contract on March 12 after season-ending elbow injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, Santana allowed hits to his first two batters. After Ruben Tejada’s single, Santana retired David Wright on a sacrifice fly that started a streak of six consecutive outs.

“It feels very good,” Santana said. “The ball was coming (out) very good. … First outing in the National League, it’s very good. I’m very happy with the performance today.”

Santana is not expected to join the Braves rotation until mid-April as he works to strengthen his arm and get his pitch count up.

Other than the later-
than-usual start date, he said everything else felt typical.

“Same baseball, nothing’s changed,” he said.

– Associated Press


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