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Brandon Beachy To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Brandon Beachy, who has been the Atlanta Braves' best pitcher in 2012, will miss the rest of the 2012 season, and much of the 2013 season. Beachy will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

The procedure will occur on Thursday. Typically, it takes at least 12 months of rehab before pitchers are fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, but it can certainly take longer for some pitchers. Luckily for Beachy and the Braves, most pitchers do bounce back from the operation, though Beachy might not be fully to his old self until 2014.

Beachy's numbers for 2012 end with a 5-5 record, with a 2.00 ERA in 81 innings and 0.96 WHIP. Beachy held opposing hitters to a stunning .170 average against, which was certainly aided by a .200 BABIP.

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