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Beachy throws to hitters as recovery continues

Dodgers remain cautious as pitcher rehabs from second Tommy John

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers remain cautious in their approach to the progress of right-hander Brandon Beachy, who's coming back from a second Tommy John surgery.
"We're just leaving it in the hands of the medical staff -- it's still their call," manager Don Mattingly said before Sunday's game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. "There's no timetable. We're just letting his elbow tell us when he's ready [to pitch in rehab games]."

Beachy, 28, underwent his second Tommy John procedure March 21, 2014. He threw 30 pitches, in two segments, to Dodgers hitters Saturday, and seemed to come through it well.

"I feel pretty good, and bounced back, for the day after," Beachy said Sunday after his live-BP outing Saturday.

"I know he felt good, and all the measurables were good," Mattingly said.

Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker, like Beachy, is coming off two Tommy John surgeries, and suffered a painful setback during his rehab last weekend, breaking a bone in his pitching elbow, and requiring a third surgery.

"He [Beachy] saw what happened [to Parker], and he told me he had trouble sleeping that night," Mattingly said.

Beachy went 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA in 46 career starts for the Braves before signing with the Dodgers as a free agent on Feb. 21.

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