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.