Of the several offseason additions and acquisitions the Los Angeles Dodgers made, a focus throughout the winter was to assemble plenty of pitching depth. Part of that plan involved taking a risk on Brandon Beachy, who was recovering from a second Tommy John surgery at the time of signing with the Dodgers.
Beachy was methodical throughout his recovery and took his time building up to a handful of rehab starts before debuting with the Dodgers July 11, nearly two years removed from his last Major League start. Now Beachy is set to face the Atlanta Braves, the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2008.
While Monday’s start is against the club Beachy spent four seasons with, he’s not placing any additional significance behind it, via J.P. Hoornstra of L.A. Daily News:
It has to be another start, you know?” Beachy said. “And it’s different because there’s really only a few guys left over there that I played with, so it’s not what you might think it would be for me.”
As for those he did play with, Beachy said he’ll be glad to see them and carry on with business as usual:
I’m going to see some familiar faces, and that’s going to be great,” Beachy said, “but it’s not going to affect what happens on the field.”
Beachy is looking to rebound from allowing three runs on five hits in four innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. While he admitted to rushing some pitches and being disappointed with the results, Beachy was pleased to have cleared the hurdle of returning to a Major League mound.
In his career at Turner Field, Beachy is 7-4 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.14 WHIP while holding opponents to a .227/.287/.340 slash line.