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Brandon Beachy to see Dr. James Andrews

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As if the Braves hadn’t gotten enough bad news in the last day, Brandon Beachy, who returned from Tommy John surgery last month, will see Dr. James Andrews next week after experiencing a setback.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Beachy underwent an MRI on Wednesday, the results of which the Braves haven’t revealed.

Beachy was lit up in his first outing back for the Braves, but he had turned in four straight quality starts since and was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA overall. Fortunately, the Braves are getting Paul Maholm back, so they still have five starters with Beachy absent. They were believed to be weighing sending Kris Medlen to the pen to make room for Maholm.

Beachy underwent Tommy John surgery on June 21, 2012. He started working in extended spring training games in mid-May and made his first minor league rehab start on May 24 this year before suffering a minor setback in June that got him shut down for a couple of weeks. That pushed back his timetable about a month before he was officially activated on July 29.

The standard recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months, but these days, everyone seems to be aiming for 12, if not a little less. Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson underwent surgery on July 9, 2012, resumed pitching in the minors in mid-May of this year and then blew out his elbow again on June 5. He was trying to make it back in about 11 months. Beachy and the Braves were aiming for 12 months before his first setback. Perhaps pitchers and teams are getting too aggressive, especially given what’s at stake if there’s a setback.

Cal Ripken Jr. is having thoughts about managing

Legendary Orioles player Ripken, Jr. listens to tributes prior to unveiling of statue in Baltimore
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While he skirts the subject of whether he might actually go after a job, Cal Ripken Jr. has had thoughts of managing a big-league team, he indicated this week on Table Manners.

“I don’t know. I’ve been asked to interview for managing jobs before, not too long ago,” he said. “And I’ve always thought, if you have no interest in taking in then you shouldn’t go through the process. But I’m curious as I’ll get out there, what questions are they going to ask? What baseball quiz are they going to give me that I can’t answer? So to me it’s interesting.”

Ripken also mentioned some of the other new managers that he played with during his Hall of Fame career, like Don Mattingly and Robin Ventura.

Of course, if Ripken did decide he wanted to manage, the Orioles job probably isn’t going to be open for at least another two or three years with Buck Showalter doing such good work. Ripken would probably be better off going elsewhere anyway. He’s untouchable in Baltimore as is, but that might not be the case after a couple of 70-92 finishes.

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Report: Alex Rodriguez can still accept a 150-game suspension

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A person close to Alex Rodriguez told Bob Nightengale of USATODAY that the disgraced slugger has a standing offer from MLB to have his suspension reduced from 211 games to 150 if he foregoes his appeal.

The source told Nightengale that MLB originally offered a 100-game ban before announcing the 211-game suspension, but that the compromise was upped to 150 games once the announcement was made.

MLB denied the report to Nightengale: “We have not offered 100 games and no offer is on the table,” MLB vice president Rob Manfred said in an e-mail to USA TODAY Sports.

If this is true, it suggests Rodriguez and the league would still have some room to maneuver should Rodriguez aim for a resolution. Something like 125 games, if accepted soon, would allow him to return right around the All-Star break next year. Rodriguez, though, may like his chances of ending up with a lesser suspension through the arbitration process.