Baseball Notes: Braves' Beachy out for season

Posted: March 22, 2014

Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time Friday and is expected to miss the entire season.

The Braves said Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache will operate in Los Angeles. Beachy's ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by James Andrews on June 21, 2012.

Braves pitcher Kris Medlen had a right elbow ligament replaced by Andrews for the second time Tuesday.

Chapman has surgery

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery to repair a broken bone above his left eye, but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive Wednesday in a spring training game.

Team medical director Timothy Kremchek said Chapman could begin throwing off a mound in six to eight weeks, a timetable that could get him back in games in late May. The lefthander with a fastball that has reached 105 m.p.h. could start exercising and throwing on flat ground in a couple of weeks, Kremchek said.

The doctor called Chapman "a very lucky guy."

Kremchek said a metal plate will be inserted in the bone above Chapman's left eyebrow, with perhaps a bone graft as well, and will remain there permanently. Chapman has a very mild concussion but no other brain injury and no injury to his eye, Kremchek said.

Iglesias out 4-6 months

Jose Iglesias will be out four to six months because of stress fractures in both legs.

The Detroit Tigers shortstop was examined by a specialist on Tuesday, and is scheduled to be reevaluated in four months.

Ellsbury gets MRI

New York Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was sent Thursday for an MRI of his ailing right calf. Ellsbury hasn't played since March 14.

- Associated Press

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