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Beachy 'not worried' about elbow

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Brandon Beachy became the second straight Atlanta starting pitcher forced to leave early, exiting the Braves' 8-1 win over Philadelphia on Monday because of tightness around his right elbow.

Beachy had been scheduled to throw four innings. He left after pitching two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks.

The 27-year-old right-hander has been limited to 18 starts the past two seasons while battling elbow ailments.

"I'm not worried at all about it," Beachy said, according to MLB.com. "I've seen the doctors, and they've done everything. My ligament is fine. I've got some inflammation in there and it got a little too tight in my bicep. It was just unproductive to keep pushing and fighting through it.

"I'm not scared at all. I didn't come in here feeling 100 percent. This is something I've been dealing with. It had been getting easier the harder I threw and the harder I pushed. Today, it just got a little too tight on me."

On Sunday, projected Opening Day starter Kris Medlen grabbed at his right elbow in the middle of the fourth inning against the Mets. The Braves later said he had a strained right forearm and would undergo further tests.

Jason Heyward homered on Cliff Lee's second pitch of the game, sending a drive over the fence and beyond the palm trees on the concourse at Bright House Field. It was Heyward's third homer.

Atlanta's Dan Uggla hit his first home run.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.