Beau Amaral returned to Pensacola after missing over two months of playing time on Wednesday evening. The outfielder had to undergo surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which essentially was a rib pushing up on a vein, causing blood clots. He would undergo surgery to have the rib removed and then had to go on blood thinners for a short period of time in order to get things back to normal.

The outfielder was hitting .280/.360/.420 with the Blue Wahoos at the time of the diagnosis, but missed almost all of May and all of June before returning for a rehab stint with the Billings Mustangs on July 4th. The former UCLA Bruin seemed to enjoy facing the pitching in the Pioneer League as over the course of his two week stay in the league he went hitless just twice. That led to a .389/.465/.500 line with six walks in 43 plate appearances. He only struck out eight times in that span, adding a double and a home run for good measure.

Last night he made his return to Pensacola and things probably couldn’t have gone better if you had scripted them. Manager Pat Kelly inserted him into the leadoff spot and in the top of the 1st inning the first pitch he swung at he drove over the fence for a home run, his 4th of the season (including the one he hit on rehab with Billings). You can see the video of the home run below.

Beau Amaral would add two more hits in the game, both singles. Three hits, including a home run, in his return. What he had done at the plate wasn’t the only set of highlights though. Later in the game the center fielder tracked down a long fly ball in the left-center field gap on a highlight reel kind of play. “It felt good (to make the play). I didn’t make any plays like that in Billings on my rehab stint. I only got like two fly balls the whole time, so it was nice to make a play like that,” he would note after the game.

2 Responses

  1. The Duke

    I remember being very impressed with his D in CF during his time in Dayton. If he can get the bat moving a bit, he might be able to carve out a career as a 4/5 OF. Maybe someone gets hurt and he gets a shot at some point.

  2. Steve

    Great news for Beau! Hopefully, he keeps it up and gets a shot in Louisville to close out this season.