Over the last few days many injured Los Angeles Dodgers players joined High-A Rancho Cucamonga on rehab assignments. While some are expected to soon be activated off the disabled list, Brandon Beachy is the latest to start down the path of growing acclimated to live-game action.
The former Atlanta Braves pitcher has not thrown in a Major League game since August of 2013. He is currently recovering from a second Tommy John surgery and threw Tuesday night for Rancho Cucamonga in his first rehab outing. According to Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA, Beachy thoroughly enjoyed being back on the mound:
It’s exciting, it’s fun. It gets the blood flowing,” Beachy said after his 1.2 inning – 35-pitch outing. “Somebody in a different uniform in the box. It’s exciting.”
After the outing, Beachy said he needs to redevelop all of his pitches through the rehab starts:
At this point I’m working on everything. I’m throwing a lot of sliders, a lot of change-ups, everything, to see what I’ve got,” Beachy said. “I’ve got to get to the point before pitching big league games where I know what to expect every time I throw the pitch and just get that consistency with all of them, and then I’ll be able to make adjustments on the fly. I just haven’t thrown enough of those pitches yet to be at that level.”
The 28-year-old right-hander started and threw 1.2 scoreless innings without allowing one hit. Beachy did walk a batter and had one strikeout. Moreover, he induced two fly ball outs and two ground outs.
The Dodgers signed Beachy in February to a one-year, $2.75 million deal, with a team option for 2016. At the time of the signing, general manager Farhan Zaidi projected Beachy would be ready to return around the All-Star break. Given the injuries that have occurred since, the right-hander’s value has increased, but the Dodgers maintain they’ll continue to be cautious in their handling of his rehab assignment.
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