Brandon Beachy leaves early in Braves' 8-1 win

Beachy says injury is nothing serious

ASSOCIATED PRESSMarch 10, 2014 

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Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, left, congratulates Dan Uggla, center, after Uggla hit a two-run homer off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Mario Hollands in a spring exhibition baseball game in Clearwater, Fla., Monday, March 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Brandon Beachy became the second straight Atlanta starting pitcher to leave early because of an arm problem, exiting the Braves' 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday because of tightness around his right elbow.

After pitching two innings instead of a scheduled four, Beachy sounded optimistic.

"I'm not worried about it at all," he said. "I've seen the doctors and they've done everything. My ligament is fine. I've got some inflammation in there and it got a little too tight in my bicep. It was just a little unproductive to keep pushing it."

Beachy gave up two hits and two walks in a scoreless outing.

"I didn't come in here feeling 100 percent," he said. "This is something I've been dealing with. It had been getting easier the harder I threw and the harder I pushed. Today it just got a little tight on me."

The 27-year-old righty has been limited to 18 starts in the last two seasons while battling elbow ailments.

On Sunday, projected opening day starter Kris Medlen grabbed his right elbow and walked in the middle of the fourth against the Mets. The Braves later said he had a strained right forearm and would undergo further tests.

Jason Heyward homered on Cliff Lee's second pitch of the game, sending a drive over the fence and beyond the palm trees on the concourse at Bright House Field. It was Heyward's third homer.

"Fastball in and he put a good swing on it," Lee said. "You have to give him credit."

Atlanta's Dan Uggla hit his first home run. Freddie Freeman, Chris Johnson and B.J. Upton each had two hits.

Even before Beachy left early, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez was praising the organization's pitching depth.

"Thank God we signed Freddy Garcia this winter," Gonzalez said. "Everyone has injuries. The (teams) that can survive those injuries, or can hang in there, they're going to be in there at the end. Last year we lost (Tim) Hudson with that freak play at first base and our young kids stepped up."

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