One may have forgotten that the Los Angeles Dodgers signed right-hander Brandon Beachy this winter.
Beachy is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until midseason. The former Atlanta Braves starter missed all of 2014 after his second Tommy John surgery. His first surgery came in 2012 after 13 starts and a 2.00 ERA. Since then, he’s started just five games, but he is expected to recover and return to the big leagues this season.
According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the 28-year-old will not rush back:
I’m not going to rush no matter what our depth is like,” he said. “That’s not going to help me or the team, if they get me back for one or two starts.”
Luckily for the Dodgers, they have the luxury of allowing Beachy to take as long as he needs to recover. The front office built depth this winter and have continued to do so into the season. The Dodgers have run with a four-man rotation, minus one spot start by David Huff, but will use another spot starter this week.
Beachy hopes to return by June or July and has had no issues yet and believes he will make an impact on the team in 2015:
I’d like to think so,” he said. “But these things can change in an instant, so it’s nothing I get excited about yet.””
If he does fully recover, the right-hander can surely help in some capacity. He owns a 3.23 career ERA in 46 starts, including 275 strikeouts in 267.2 innings. He can come in down the stretch and provide spot starts that will keep the rotation fresh for the postseason.
Dodgers Foundation Blue Gala Event