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2016 Dodgers review: Brandon Beachy

Beachy pitched only 1 minor league inning this season

Los Angeles Dodgers Workout Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Brandon Beachy’s second season with the Dodgers was wiped away by injuries, an increasingly common occurrence for the right-hander.

What went right

After he made the long journey back from his second Tommy John surgery and made a pair of major league starts with the Dodgers in 2015, Beachy was signed to a one-year contract in January to return for 2016.

The veteran Beachy was in the final running for the Dodgers’ fifth starter spot, but he was sidelined with elbow problems in late spring that knocked him out of the competition.

Beachy and Scott Van Slyke won the annual Dodgers doubles ping pong tournament during spring training.

What went wrong

Beachy lost his 40-man spot just three weeks after his signing, sent outright to the minors on January 27. That didn’t materially change much of his status, since he was still pitching in spring training trying to win a roster spot.

That elbow tendonitis during spring training persisted, and his 2016 season was essentially off the radar, almost completely. He was on the minor league disabled list with Triple-A Oklahoma City all season.

A platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in June got Beachy back on the mound in June, but that didn’t last long.

Outside of spring training, the only game Beachy pitched all year was one inning on a rehab assignment for the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers on July 29.

2016 particulars

Age: 29

Stats: n/a

Salary: $1.5 million

Game of the year

Beachy struck out one in his scoreless inning in that July 29 game, allowing one hit to the Rangers’ Arizona League team.

Roster status

Beachy is a free agent.