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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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