Braves hoping to get Brandon Beachy back in June

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Brandon Beachy is seven months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery and the Braves right-hander told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that everything has gone well with his rehab so far.

“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.”

Beachy was leading the National League with a 2.00 ERA when he blew out his elbow in mid-June. Bowman reports that he’s currently throwing on flat ground from 120 feet and likely won’t get back on a mound for another month, but “there’s some hope Beachy will return in late June.”

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.