"I felt like I did a better job of getting ahead today, but I just couldn't make the quality pitch," Beachy said. "I just threw non-competitive pitch after non-competitive pitch."
After a 10-pitch first inning, Beachy required 40 in the second. Throwing errors by
"I felt like I threw some good pitches in that second inning," Beachy said. "I just couldn't make the one to get me out of it."
Beachy underwent his first elbow reconstruction in 2012, midway through a season when he posted a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts for Atlanta. He required a revision of the procedure in 2014. Beachy blew out his elbow again that spring and formed a clique with his fellow rehabbing Braves.
"We all worked together to address some things," Medlen said. "We always talked about mechanics and all that."
A year later, Medlen landed in Kansas City and Beachy joined the Dodgers. On the day in July the
But Beachy will not rely on his injury history as an explanation for his performance.
"That's a crutch, and I can't use that," he said. "I'm here to compete for a job and play baseball, not to try to be a story about perseverance."
The Dodgers avoided another serious injury when an X-ray of Andre Ethier's bruised left leg came back negative. Ethier rode off in a golf cart after fouling a ball off himself in the fourth inning Friday.
"It got him pretty good," Manager Dave Roberts said. "He wears a little [shin] guard, and it got him about that, unfortunately. That's a sensitive, tender area. So hopefully after a day or two, with treatment, he'll be back out there."
Roberts has yet to officially declare Ethier as his leadoff hitter against right-handed pitchers, but Ethier appears headed for that role.