Signed by the Dodgers to an incentive-laden one-year contract as he recovers from a second Tommy John elbow surgery, former Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy is aiming to be ready for game action in June.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Beachy has advanced to throwing bullpen sessions, but because this is his second time coming back from the surgery the targeted timetable is closer to 15 months than the typical 12 months.
If healthy Beachy has the potential to make a big impact for the Dodgers in the second half. His durability has always been an issue, but he’s 28 years old with a 3.23 ERA and 275 strikeouts in 268 career innings. His contract also includes a team option for 2016, so the Dodgers will be evaluating his ability to help next season too.
Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”