The Braves placed starter Brandon Beachy on the disabled list Sunday morning with a left oblique strain and now David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution passes along word that the young right-hander is likely to miss over a month of action.
It’s an unfortunate bit of news given Beachy’s impressive early line (3.45 ERA, 1.08 WHIP through eight outings), but the Braves are lucky enough to have gobs of starting pitching depth.
Julio Teheran is likely to get the first crack at the major league rotation vacancy. A 20-year-old mega-prospect from Cartagena, Colombia, he has posted a 1.91 ERA and 7.6 K/9 across 37 2/3 innings this season with Triple-A Gwinnett. He allowed three runs in 4 2/3 frames when he made his big league debut last week against the Phillies.
If the Braves decide Teheran needs more polishing, they’ll probably turn to Mike Minor, a 23-year-old left-hander with a 1.82 ERA and 43/14 K/BB ratio through 39 2/3 innings this season at Gwinnett.
The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.
Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).
Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.