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.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.