Brandon Beachy will make his first minor league rehab appearance tonight with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, a 7 p.m. home game against the High Desert Mavericks. (Getty Images)
Brandon Beachy will begin his long-awaited minor league rehabilitation assignment tonight with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Beachy, whom the Dodgers signed to a one-year deal with an option for 2016 in February, hasn’t pitched in a competitive major-league game since 2013. His career was derailed by two Tommy John surgeries, but at age 28 is nearing a return to the majors.
Beachy’s rehab assignment can last 30 days from start to finish, unless he has a setback that requires him to take some time off. Thirty days from now projects to a return just after the All-Star break. The Dodgers begin the second half with a road trip to Washington, Atlanta and New York starting July 17.
Who knows what the Dodgers’ rotation will look like by then. Beachy has a 3.23 ERA in 46 career starts, all with the Atlanta Braves from 2010-13.
Dodgers pitcher Brandon League (shoulder) is expected to make a relief appearance in the game for Rancho Cucamonga as well.
Update (1:40 p.m.): Beachy will start and pitch two innings.
SAN DIEGO — Brandon League has the weekend off from his minor league rehab assignment. He’s spending it with the Dodgers at Petco Park, which is convenient since he lives in San Diego in the off-season.
League will return to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Monday and Tuesday to pitch back-to-back days , something he hasn’t done since his rehab stint began June 7. From there, League said he will pitch in “one or two more (games) after that, I think in Oklahoma.”
SAN DIEGO — Brandon Beachy threw two innings Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly filled in these and a few more details Friday at Petco Park:
Beachy has been on the 60-day disabled list since the season began as he recovers from his second Tommy John surgery, which was performed in April of last year. Once his rehab assignment begins, Beachy has 30 days before he can be added to the Dodgers’ roster.
There’s a work-around to that rule. If a player reports a setback (or is reported by his club to have a setback), he can close the first 30-day window and open another at a later date. Beachy is mindful of that window and has been cautious in scheduling any minor-league rehab games until he felt like a return to the majors was 30 days away. He’s expected to need the full 30 days.