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Beachy to miss start with arm tightness

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed on Tuesday that Brandon Beachy will not make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start. Beachy exited Monday's start against the Phillies after grueling through two innings during which he was burdened by tightness around his right elbow and biceps muscle.

The Braves remain hopeful that Beachy is simply dealing with normal soreness as he attempts to come back from the two elbow surgeries (Tommy John in 2012 and a cleanup procedure in September) he has undergone in the past 20 months.

But Gonzalez said the team's medical staff would continue to evaluate Beachy over the next few days.

With Beachy, Kris Medlen and Mike Minor likely to begin the season on the disabled list, the Braves could start off with a rotation that consists of Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Freddy Garcia and David Hale. A four-man rotation could be utilized through the regular season's first 10 games.

There is a chance Minor could be ready when the Braves would need to go to a five-man rotation. The southpaw has completed three bullpen sessions over the past week, and he hasn't been bothered by the left shoulder soreness that plagued him during the early days of camp. But given that Wood has not yet thrown a live batting-practice session, it is not clear when he might make his first spring start.

Gonzalez said the club is planning to give Gavin Floyd a start, possibly in a Minor League Spring Training game, before the end of this month. Floyd has made steady progress as he attempts to return from the Tommy John surgery he underwent 10 months ago.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said he does not expect Floyd to be ready to join Atlanta's rotation before the early part of May.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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