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


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.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).