Beachy trying to get comfortable in rehab stint

Brandon Beachy threw just half of his 70 pitches for strikes and one of the balls went to the backstop for a run-scoring wild pitch.

But there was also plenty of good to build from as the Braves right-hander goes into his second minor league rehab start on Wednesday.

Beachy allowed two hits and two runs over four innings on Friday as he made his return to the mound in real game competition for Class AAA Gwinnett against visiting Toledo.

"I was a little uncomfortable. Just a little out of synch," said Beachy, who had Tommy John surgery last June. "The feel is going to come as I get more comfortable out there."

Beachy allowed a home run, struck out three and walked three. His fastball ranged from 92-95 mph on the scoreboard gun, but he was inconsistent with his secondary pitches and his control was erratic.

"I threw a lot of quality pitches, then, at times, it would get away," he said.

All and all, Beachy was pleased.

"It was nice to be out there in a real game with fans in the seats and competing," he said.

Before he makes a second start for Gwinnett, Beachy is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday for Class A Rome and on June 3 for Class AA Mississippi at Chattanooga.

If he stays on schedule, Beachy would make what could be his last rehab start for Gwinnett on June 8. He has been hoping for a mid-June return to Atlanta and that could happen.

Of course, the Braves, who lost to the Blue Jays 9-3 Monday, will have to make a decision when Beachy is ready to return. Julio Teheran, who took the open spot in the rotation, is 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA. The rookie had his fifth quality start in his past six outings Sunday night in New York, but the Mets rallied against the Braves bullpen in the eighth inning for a 4-2 victory.


-- LHP Paul Maholm will try to make it three wins in a row when he faces the Blue Jays on Tuesday in the second game of a two-game set at Rogers Centre. In 2011 against Toronto, Maholm allowed nine hits, two walks and two runs over seven innings in a loss. He was with the Pirates the other time he faced the Blue Jays and earned the win, June 21, 2008, at Pittsburgh and pitched seven innings in a 6-3 victory.

-- CF B.J. Upton did not play Monday as he works on his swing as he continues to struggle during his first season with the Braves. He is batting .148 with four homers and eight RBIs. He is working with hitting coach Greg Walker at getting his swing started on time. "He may be the hardest-working guy I've been around," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's hard to tinker with a swing, or make adjustments, and put him in the game and try to produce. But for me, great attitude, keeps working hard. You pull for those guys. You get your foot down on time, get ready to hit, get ready to attack, clears up a lot of the other stuff."

-- RF Jason Heyward did not play in Monday's 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays after playing nine games in a row after his return from an appendectomy. "It's simple," Gonzalez said. "He's played every single inning of every single game since he's been back. Every chance we can, give somebody a breather."

-- C/LF Evan Gattis was 3-for-4, including his 11th homer of the season, and has hit in five of his past seven games. His two RBIs give him 31 on the season.

--RHP Jordan Walden put up a perfect inning while striking out one as he started his rehabilitation assignment with Triple--A Gwinnett on Monday in a game against Syracuse. He has been out since May 12 with right shoulder inflammation.

--RHP Cory Rasmus, who made his major-league debut on May 22, faced his brother, Colby, in the seventh inning of Monday's 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays. It was the first time brothers had faced each other in the majors since Jeff and Jered Weaver did so on June 13, 2010. By the time Colby got to bat against his brother, Cory had already allowed a three-run homer by 1B Edwin Encarnacion in the inning. Colby doubled off Cory. "It was still awesome," Cory said. "The fact that we lost -- the outcome is the most important part. But me facing him was a lot of fun. It just sucks that he got a hit. I was going off what (C Brian McCann) put down. Obviously I got behind in the count, and had to make some quality pitches. He happened to get a fastball away and hit it that way, for a change. But that was a good piece of hitting by him. As excited as I was facing him, I'm sure everybody back home was just as excited. But like I said, at the end of the day, we lost. Obviously I wish that had been a different story. Honestly I wasn't even looking at him. I was just saying, let's get some people out. Let's get out of here."


"Just not a very good night. It was a night where I was battling with my delivery a little bit, my pitches weren't very crisp. I hung a breaking ball to Rasmus and he made me pay for it. I really didn't get away with a whole lot. There's some work I need to do, obviously, on the side. Clean up a couple of things in my delivery. Obviously the quality of some of the stuff I'm throwing up there isn't what I want it to be." -- RHP Tim Hudson, who gave up six runs over six innings in Monday's 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays.


--RHP Jordan Walden (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 12. He completed two long toss sessions without feeling any pain May 21. He started his rehabilitation assignment with Triple--A Gwinnett on May 27.

--LHP Eric O'Flaherty (torn ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 19. He saw Dr. James Andrews on May 20. He had his ulnar collateral ligament reconstructed by Dr. James Andrews on May 21 and will be sidelined for approximately 12 months.

--RHP Luis Ayala (anxiety) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 25 after suffering anxiety while dealing with high blood pressure. He was sent to Florida on Monday for strength and conditioning work after making five minor league rehab appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi.

--LHP Jonny Venters (torn ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He had season-ending Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery May 16.--RHP Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery in June 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He pitched for the first time in an extended spring training May 14, and he started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett May 19.

--INF Blake DeWitt (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list April 20. He missed most of the second half of last season with back issues.

--RHP Cristhian Martinez (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7.