Things have gone from bad to worse for Braves starter Mike Minor. The lefty was shut down with shoulder discomfort last September, but hoped to begin the 2015 season on schedule. However, he was scratched from his Grapefruit League debut in March and the setback landslide began. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews and was diagnosed with inflammation in his left rotator cuff and was shut down for two weeks.
Minor started the season on the 15-day disabled list. The Braves hoped to get him back in early May, but that won’t be the case. The Braves just moved him to the 60-day disabled list, which created room for infielder Pedro Ciriaco on the roster. Braves GM John Hart said, via Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“Right now there are still some issues there,” Hart said. “This (move) provides us some more flexibility. We don’t see him coming back anytime soon. Hopefully the next week or 10 days we will have our arms a little bit more around what needs to be done. We felt this was the right move for the organization (and) the right thing for Mike because he’s not close to being out there ready to go.”
“There has not been any measurable improvement that you want to see,” Hart said. “We’ve taken the MRIs. We are trying to stay as patient as we can and Mike is doing everything he can. At this point, things haven’t progressed. “
When he’s healthy, Minor can be effective. In 2013, he finished with a 3.21 ERA and a 181/46 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings for the Braves. But the Braves should consider themselves fortunate if they get him back before the All-Star break at this point.