Dodgers sign Brandon Beachy

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of free-agent right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy to a one-year contract with a club option for 2016. To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow on the 60-day disabled list.

Beachy, 28, has gone 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA in 46 Major League starts with Atlanta from 2010-13, missing last season due to March 21, 2014 Tommy John surgery. In 267.2 innings in the big leagues, Beachy has limited opposing hitters to a .220 batting average and posted a 3.20 strikeout-to-walk ratio, striking out 275 and walking only 86.

After making his MLB debut as a September call-up in 2010, the Indiana native had a breakout 2011 season, going 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 25 starts with the Braves. Beachy's 169 strikeouts in 141.2 innings led the club and placed second among big league rookies in 2011, with his average of 10.74 strikeouts per nine innings ranking as the fourth-best all-time mark among MLB rookies (min. 25 starts), behind only Kerry Wood (12.58, 1998), Dwight Gooden (11.39, 1984) and Hideo Nomo (11.10, 1995). 

Through 13 starts in 2012, Beachy led the Majors with a 2.00 ERA and a .171 opponents' batting average before he underwent Tommy John surgery on June 21. Following rehab, he made only five starts with the Braves in 2013 and needed to have a second Tommy John surgery on March 21, 2014.

Beachy, who will wear No. 37 with Los Angeles, was originally signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on July 22, 2008 out of Indiana Wesleyan University.