Northwestern product Brandon Beachy is back in baseball.
The New Britain (Connecticut) Bees on Tuesday announced the signing of Beachy, who pitched for the Atlanta Braves in 2010-13 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. A pair of Tommy John surgeries derailed his career.
The Bees are an independent team and a member of the Atlantic League.
“We’re excited to bring Brandon on board this late in the season,” Bees GM Brad Smith said in a story on the team's website. “He adds a veteran presence to our pitching staff and will be an important piece to our second half playoff run.”
The Bees put Beachy right to work. He pitched one inning of relief in the Bees' 4-1 loss to the York Revolution on Tuesday. He retired all three batters he faced, striking out one.
Beachy, 31, pitched in 48 MLB games (all starts) and compiled a 14-12 record with a 3.36 ERA. His best season came in 2012 when he had an MLB-best 2.00 ERA through 13 games when an elbow injury ended his season and led to his first Tommy John surgery.