Mike Minor diagnosed with shoulder inflammation

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Braves left-hander Mike Minor exited his Saturday start after one inning with shoulder soreness and the team announced that he’ll skip his final turn in the rotation following a diagnosis of inflammation.

Minor took a step backward following a breakout 2013 season, posting a 4.77 ERA in 25 starts while allowing 21 homers in 145 innings. Last season he allowed 22 homers in 205 innings and posted a 3.21 ERA.

David Hale will start in Minor’s place Thursday against the Pirates.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.