Brandon Beachy set for first MLB start since 2013

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We heard yesterday that Brandon Beachy was nearing his return from the second Tommy John surgery of his career, but the Dodgers have now made it official. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, Beachy will make his first major league start since August 20, 2013 in tonight’s game against the Brewers.

It’s been a long and improbable road back for Beachy, who had his second Tommy John surgery in the span of two years last March. After being non-tendered by the Braves over the winter, the 28-year-old signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Dodgers. He posted a 2.41 ERA over five minor league rehab starts, though it came with an underwhelming 11/10 K/BB ratio in 17 innings.

Beachy is a bit of a wild card, but he owns a 3.23 ERA in 46 starts in the majors with 9.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9, so there’s plenty of upside here. The back-end of the Dodgers’ rotation is filled with questions, so it’s worth a shot to see what they have before the trade deadline. The Dodgers hold a club option on Beachy for 2016 which could range from $3 million to $6 million depending on how many starts he makes this season.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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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.”