Beachy was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts before injuring his elbow in June. He hopes to return in late June, which is the typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery, but the Braves will undoubtedly exercise caution.
"I'm just checking days off the calendar," Beachy said. "I feel good. I haven't really come across any serious hurdles. I'm just easing along."
Physically, Beachy's recovery has progressed well. He expects to increase the distance of his long-toss throwing exercises from 120 feet to 150 feet in the next week. However, he has experienced some emotional frustration throughout his recovery. Beachy has even started meeting with Braves physical therapist Lloyd Van Pamelen earlier in the day so that he can spend time with his teammates participating in a voluntary early throwing program.
"It's something I've been missing for a while," Beachy said. "I want to feel I'm a part of it as much as possible."
Beachy could be cleared to begin throwing off a mound in late February or early March.
"I've thought about it a lot for a long time," Beachy said. "Just going through learning how to throw again and getting my body to be in sync has been a little trying at times. I'm sure I will go through that on the mound. So I'm excited to get on [the mound]. But at the same time, I know I'm going to be frustrated at times. I'm not looking forward to that part of it."
The Braves certainly hope that Beachy's recovery continues to go well, as he could be a big mid-season addition to the Braves' rotation.
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