More bad news for the Braves: Brandon Beachy could need Tommy John surgery too

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The Braves better hope there’s a two-for-one sale at Dr. Andrews’ office, because in addition to Kris Medlen almost certainly needing a second Tommy John surgery, it appears as though Brandon Beachy is heading in that direction too.

Previously it was assumed that Beachy’s problem was merely muscle soreness — in his biceps specifically — but Dave O’Brien of the AJC is reporting that it’s looking way worse:

O’Brien reports that Beachy and Medlen will both meet with Dr. Andrews on Monday. That should be a cheery drive up to his office. And a nice, happy time sitting in the waiting room reading “Highlights” magazine or whatever guys do while waiting to be told their careers are in jeopardy.

If so, they should know that this is in this month’s “Highlights,” which, yes, we get here at Chez Calcaterra:

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Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.