Brandon Beachy went on the disabled list Sunday leading the majors with a 2.00 ERA over 13 starts. Unfortunately, it appears that he might end the season with those same numbers.
An MRI Monday revealed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in Beachy’s right elbow. The 25-year-old will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews Wednesday before the Braves decide the next course of action, but all signs are pointing to likely Tommy John surgery for Beachy. Such a procedure would sideline him until around midseason next year.
It’s a huge blow to a Braves team that’s in the thick of things in the NL East but has scuffled a bit of late. Randall Delgado and Mike Minor have pitched better lately, but neither are sure things, nor is Jair Jurrjens, who will replace Beachy in the rotation. Jurrjens has been given another shot despite a 5.27 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings at Triple-A Gwinnett. Julio Teheran and Kris Medlen are options for the Braves if Delgado, Minor or Jurrjens should falter.
Danks has Tear in Shoulder
Beachy wasn’t the only pitcher to get bad MRI results Monday, as John Danks was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sub-scapula tear of his left shoulder. All things considered, the diagnosis could have been worse, but it will still sideline the left-hander indefinitely.
“When you hear the word ‘tear’ it’s kind of scary,” admitted Danks in the Chicago Sun-Times. “But I don’t think it’s anything super major. It’s just a bummer that it will take longer to get back than we first thought.’’
The White Sox had hoped to get Danks back for a start Monday, but he didn’t bounce back as hoped following a rehab outing. He said his shoulder “feels good one day and then crap the next.” For now, the Sox will shut him down for a while before likely putting him on a strengthening program. He shouldn't be expected back before the All-Star break. Jose Quintana will continue to fill his spot in the rotation.
Rizzo’s Arrival Imminent?
Bryan LaHair received his first start of the season in right field Monday, which promptly set off alarms for fantasy owners looking forward to the arrival of top prospect Anthony Rizzo. As it turns out, it appears the suspicions are well-founded.
Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that “about the only question left” when it comes to Rizzo is whether he’ll make his season debut in Arizona this weekend or at home against the Mets early next week. The Cubs can promote Rizzo as early as Saturday, leave him on the roster all season and still delay his free agency by a year.
Rizzo has been one of the best hitters in the minors this season, batting a robust .364/.426/.745 with 23 homers and 59 RBI at Triple-A Iowa. Of course, it must be noted that Rizzo tore it up at Triple-A last year before stinking up the place with the Padres. But, he’s made some adjustments to his swing that the Cubs think will better prepare him to handle major league pitching this time around. He’s certainly worth a speculative add in mixed leagues if he’s still sitting on the waiver wire.
Setback for Longo
The Rays were hoping to get Evan Longoria back in their lineup sometime this week, but it appears they’ll now have to wait quite a bit longer.
Longoria was playing in his second rehab game with Triple-A Durham Monday, but he lasted just one at-bat before taking himself out with renewed soreness in his left hamstring. The third baseman tweeted that it “wasn’t a re-injury,” but he “felt some discomfort and didn't want to end up doing further harm."
Longo will join the Rays in Washington Tuesday to continue his rehab, and his timetable will be delayed indefinitely. The 26-year-old has been out since May 3, and we should probably expect him to be sidelined through the All-Star break after this setback. The Rays will continue to roll out the uninspiring trio of Sean Rodriguez, Will Rhymes and Drew Sutton at the hot corner until Longo returns.
National League Quick Hits: Ryan Dempster was placed on the DL Monday with a lat strain. It’s not expected to be a long-term injury, but Dempster might have been traded soon if not for the injury … Chris Carpenter (shoulder) could be ready to throw live batting practice by this weekend after another successful bullpen session Monday. It’s early, but things are looking up for the veteran right-hander … R.A. Dickey’s magical run continued Monday, as he spun his second straight one-hitter. Remarkably, he’s now allowed just one earned run while striking out 63 over his last 48 2/3 frames … Stephen Drew (ankle) could come back as a part-time player initially later this month … Freddie Freeman (hand) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday. He’s been nursing a hand ailment for over a week … Andrew Cashner tossed five innings of one-run ball while striking out nine in a start at Double-A Monday. He should be ready to join the Padres rotation before long.
American League Quick Hits: Jered Weaver (back) will rejoin the Angels rotation Wednesday. The Halos haven’t decided who he’ll replace in the rotation. Most feel it will be Garrett Richards, though Jerome Williams didn’t do himself any favors with a third straight less than stellar outing Monday. Williams also was rushed to the hospital after the game with a breathing problem, and it’s possible that could affect things … FOX Sports is reporting that Kevin Youkilis is "being shopped everywhere," with the Diamondbacks, White Sox, Dodgers, Indians and Pirates being "among the teams with varying levels of interest." … Kyle Drabek will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday … Roy Oswalt could join the Rangers rotation this weekend, though no decision has been made yet … Nick Markakis (hamate bone surgery) is not expected to pick up a bat until Friday. He could still be ready to return before the end of the month … Chris Getz was placed on the DL Monday with a lateral strain in his lower left leg. Yuniesky Betancourt will handle the second base job while he’s out … Brad Eldred appears headed to Japan after slugging 24 homers at Triple-A Toledo for the Tigers.