Brandon Beachy was placed on the 15 day disabled list by the Atlanta Braves on Friday after feeling discomfort in his pitching elbow after his last outing and undergoing an MRI on Wednesday. It is the second time Beachy has been placed on the DL due to fluid buildup and inflammation since returning from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year old Beachy made his first start with Atlanta in more than a year on July 29, and is 2-1 in five starts with a 4.50 ERA.
In a precautionary move, Atlanta purchased RHP Freddy “The Chief” Garcia from the Baltimore Orioles and assigned him to Gwinnett (IL). In his 15 years of MLB service Garcia has pitched for seven clubs, most recently with the Orioles. The 36-year old Venezuelan native originally signed as an amateur free agent in 1993 with the Houston Astros.
Garcia was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 10 starts with the Orioles, and has a career mark of 155-106. His lifetime ERA is 4.18. He has spent 14 seasons in the American League, but did pitch in the National League in 2007 with the Philadelphia Phillies, going 17-9.
Beachy will miss a minimum of three starts, but there is the possibility that the Braves may decide to shut him down for the season. The addition of a veteran like Garcia is another great move by Atlanta management to add an experienced arm to what has become the youngest group of starting hurlers in MLB.
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