RHP Brandon Beachy, coming back from Tommy John surgery, had his scheduled rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett rained out Sunday and threw a limited simulated game indoors instead. He was slated to pitch three innings after working two innings during an extended spring training game in Florida last Tuesday. Beachy had surgery last June 21 and hopes to return to the Braves during the second part of June. He is slated to pitch four innings for Gwinnett on Friday against Toledo.
RHP Julio Teheran, who starts the opener of the Braves' three-game home interleague series with Minnesota on Monday, has allowed three runs or less in each of his past four starts and has given up just one walk during the span. He was a hard-luck loser at Arizona on Tuesday, giving up two runs over six innings. It was the first time the Braves had lost in Teheran's seven starts this season.
RHP Cory Rasmus was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. He had a 0.93 ERA and was seven-for-seven in save opportunities over 19 appearances with Gwinnett.
RHP Luis Ayala pitched a scoreless inning for Mississippi on Sunday in his fifth minor league rehab appearance and has yet to give up a run with the Double-A team or Triple-A Gwinnett. The veteran reliever has struck out five and walked none over six innings, giving up four hits. Ayala, who began the season with the Orioles, was placed on the disabled list April 30 retroactive to April 25 after suffering anxiety while dealing with high blood pressure in Colorado.
LHP Eric O'Flaherty, likely headed to Tommy John elbow surgery, admitted Sunday that his elbow had been bothering him off and on since last September. The reliever will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday after an MRI revealed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. "I'm trying to be optimistic, but they're making surgery appointments already," said O'Flaherty, who gave up an eighth-inning homer to the Dodgers on Saturday. The 28-year-old has a 1.99 ERA in 295 appearances since joining the Braves in 2009 and his 0.98 ERA in 2011 made him the first major league pitcher with a sub-1.00 ERA in at least 70 appearances.
OF Logan Schafer collected his sixth pinch-hit of the season in the seventh inning with a single off Seth Maness. Only Philadelphia's Laynce Nix (7) owns more pinch-hits in the majors.
3B Juan Francisco fanned in his two at-bats Sunday against the Dodgers, running his strikeout streak to seven in a row. He has also struck out in nine of his last 10 at-bats, and has struck out 39 times in 91 at-bats, fanning four times in a game twice and three times once. He is hitting .253 with five homers and 16 RBIs.