Atlanta's Brandon Beachy has Partial UCL Tear

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24: Brandon Beachy #37 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Atlanta Braves' right-hander Brandon Beachy has a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his throwing elbow, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

Placed on the 15-day DL with an "elbow injury" yesterday after experiencing a loss in velocity in his Saturday start, Beachy underwent an MRI with team doctors that revealed the partial tear.

The injury, often a precursor to the dreaded Tommy John surgery, will likely shelve the 25-year-old for the remainder of season. Beachy is expected to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews some time tomorrow to determine whether TJ surgery is avoidable.

The young right-hander has shown flashes of brilliance in his brief career, amassing a 3.07 ERA, 9.5 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 41 starts across the past three seasons.

Beachy, who is tied for the league lead this season with a 2.00 ERA, will be replaced in the rotation by the recently demoted Jair Jurrjens.

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