Dodgers pitcher Brandon Beachy braces for an unemotional return to Atlanta

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But emotions are a tricky thing. Just ask Chad Billingsley, who found himself in the same position when he visited Dodger Stadium in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform earlier this month. Billingsley rode a wave of emotions that ultimately landed on excitement — and resulted in a win for the former Dodgers pitcher.“I’m going to see some familiar faces, and that’s going to be great,” Beachy said, “but it’s not going to affect what happens on the field.”In his first start of the season on July 11, Beachy allowed five hits, walked three batters, and allowed three runs in four innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. It was hardly enough of a showing for the Dodgers to determine if Beachy was ready for a long-term place in their starting rotation.Until Monday however, it’s all the Dodgers have.“It’s my second start in almost two years,” Beachy said. “That in itself is a big deal. Lock some things up, hone in and get better. That’s what I plan to do.” Why so much confidence?“The same thing kind of happened after my first (Tommy John) surgery” in 2013, he said. “I had the worst start of my career, then I settled in. I don’t know what it is about that. Maybe I just need to get that one out of my way.”Zach Lee gets the nodThe Dodgers couldn’t have found a less stressful situation in which to give Zach Lee his first day on a major league roster. His debut is yet to come — Lee didn’t pitch in the Dodgers’ game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday — but at least his first call-up is out of the way.The 23-year-old pitcher became the Dodgers’ extra player when MLB allowed both teams to expand their rosters for Saturday’s game.Under the circumstances, Lee was a curious choice. A starter during his professional career, Lee was the Dodgers’ emergency long reliever in case Clayton Kershaw had a short start. Kershaw rarely has short starts.Still, it was a big moment.“It was a little bit of a surprise with the way it happened,” Lee said, “but any way you get the call is a good way.”Lee was 6-3 with a 2.34 earned-run average in 11 starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He’s made three minor-league starts since missing a month due to poor circulation in his right middle finger. Lee said that circulation in the finger improved over time and didn’t require any special treatment.Also …Because Friday night’s game was suspended until Saturday, A.J. Ellis caught Clayton Kershaw instead of Yasmani Grandal. Mattingly said Grandal would have started all three games this weekend had the game not been suspended. … According to ESPN Stats and Info, Adrian Gonzalez is the first player since Joe Carter in May 1996 to hit a home run in both ends of a suspended game.center_img WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Brandon Beachy will start for the Dodgers on Monday in Atlanta, the city where his career began five years ago. The 28-year-old pitcher tried downplaying the significance of his return, maybe not so much because he wanted to but because he feels he must.“It has to be another start, you know?” Beachy said. “And it’s different because there’s really only a few guys left over there that I played with, so it’s not what you might think it would be for me.”True, a lot has happened in Atlanta since Beachy’s last regular-season game in a Braves uniform in August 2013. Stars like Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann, not to mention nearly the entire bullpen and four-fifths of the starting rotation, are employed somewhere else now. That’s what can happen in the time it takes to recover from Tommy John surgery. Now there’s a good debate: What has been rebuilt more the last two years, the Braves’ roster or Beachy’s right elbow?last_img

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