PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- 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 Dr. Neal ElAttrache will operate in Los Angeles. Beachy's ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by Dr. James Andrews on June 21, 2012, and Beachy returned to go 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings over five starts from July 29 to Aug. 20 last summer.
He finished the season on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation and left his third spring training start after two innings on March 10 complaining of soreness in his elbow and biceps.
Beachy was examined Monday by Andrews, who recommended surgery, and the 27-year-old sought a second opinion.
"It was confirmed by both doctors that he needed it, so he chose to have the surgery out there," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "The way I look at it, this is his career. He's got to feel confident and comfortable with how this is going to play out. If he has a better comfort level with one doctor versus another, that's OK. That's all part of the healing process going forward is that confidence. If that's how he feels, that's OK."
Braves pitcher Kris Medlen had a right elbow ligament replaced by Andrews for the second time Tuesday.
The Braves trimmed the spring-training roster by five Thursday when they optioned right-handed relievers Luis Vasquez and Juan Jaime, catching prospect Christian Bethancourt and outfielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett, and optioned shortstop Elmer Reyes to Double-A Mississippi.
Vasquez was considered a strong candidate for a bullpen spot after the Braves signed him as a minor league free agent during his impressive winter-ball season in the Dominican Republic. But he got off to a late start because of visa issues and a strained lat muscle, and his command wasn't sharp when he began pitching in Grapefruit League games.
The sidearmer allowed just two hits in 3 2-3 innings over four appearances, but had six walks with two strikeouts, including two walks and two runs (one earned) in the seventh inning Wednesday against the Yankees.
Jaime was charged with two runs and four walks while recording just one out in the ninth inning Wednesday. He allowed just one hit in 5 1-3 innings over six appearances, but the hard-throwing right-hander had seven walks to go with five strikeouts..
"Too late in camp to be walking people," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Wednesday's game. "You can live with that early in camp, when some of these guys haven't pitched. But some of these guys now have eight, nine, 10 appearances. You can't be doing that.
"You want to see a lot of consistency coming out of that bullpen. We didn't do that today."