Mike Minor

Mike Minor

Mike Minor shut down for two weeks, likely to begin season on disabled list

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In what probably qualifies as good news for Braves left-hander Mike Minor considering he had the dreaded visit to Dr. James Andrews, he’s been diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation.

In other words, no structural damage.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Minor will be shut down from all throwing for two weeks, at which point the Braves will re-examine him and figure out the next step.

Minor, who had shoulder problems last season and was scratched from his first scheduled start of spring training last week, is now unlikely to be ready for Opening Day.

Mike Minor to see Dr. James Andrews

Mike Minor
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The Braves have had crappy luck with their pitchers over the past couple of years. And Mike Minor has had bad luck himself when it comes to his health. So this, while sad, is not entirely shocking, frankly:

Minor was scratched from his scheduled start with shoulder soreness yesterday. This after he missed time with shoulder problems last season and struggled when he was healthy. Maybe because he was not completely healthy?

Minor is under contract for $5.6 million after winning his arbitration hearing against the Braves last month. The way this is heading, you have to wonder if insurance is gonna pick up a lot of that tab.

Braves scratch Mike Minor from start with more shoulder problems

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Uh oh. Braves left-hander Mike Minor, who missed time with shoulder problems last season and struggled when he was healthy enough to take the mound, has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday start with shoulder soreness.

Minor started 32 games with a 3.21 ERA and 181/46 K/BB ratio in 205 innings for the Braves as a 25-year-old in 2013, but was limited to 25 starts last season and got knocked around for a 4.77 ERA with 21 homers allowed in 145 innings.

Sunday’s missed start is being called precautionary, but it’s obviously a bad sign that his shoulder is already an issue after a winter off. He’s under contract for $5.6 million after winning his arbitration hearing against the Braves in mid-February.