60DMike Minor
SP KC
6 hours ago

Minor (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, 610 Sports Radio's Josh Vernier reports.

EDGE Analysis

He recently threw a live batting practice session, so a rehab assignment was anticipated to begin this week. The Royals could desperately use some help in the starting rotation, and if Minor's rehab assignment goes well, he should get a shot to start games for the big league club in August. That said, it's worth pointing out that Minor hasn't been a quality big league pitcher since 2013, primarily due to injuries, but also ineffectiveness in his last full season in 2014.

60DMike Minor
SP KC
4 days ago

Minor (shoulder) threw a live batting practice session Sunday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

EDGE Analysis

Minor indicated he felt good during the session, but he might be required to face hitters once more before the Royals clear him to start a rehab assignment. The left-hander had previously been taking part in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha back in May before shoulder fatigue set in, but the issue appears to be behind him now.

60DMike Minor
SP KC
1 week ago

Royals manager Ned Yost said that Minor looked really good during his bullpen session and could go out on a rehab assignment very soon, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Minor (shoulder) was thought to be a couple weeks away from a rehab assignment, but it looks like that timetable might be moving up. This is great news for the 28-year-old, who hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2014 with the Braves.

60DMike Minor
SP KC
2 weeks ago

Minor (shoulder) is in Arizona throwing live BP sessions, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Minor was well on his way to a full recovery from shoulder surgery, rehabbing at Triple-A in May, until he reported rotator cuff fatigue at the end of that month. He's steadily been building up his strength since then, playing catch and throwing side sessions, and it now appears he's taken another step forward by tossing batting practice. The 28-year-old is likely still several weeks away from a rehab assignment but looks to be heading in the right direction.

60DMike Minor
SP KC
3 weeks ago

Minor (shoulder) threw a side session Tuesday, but is still waiting to begin a rehab assignment, the Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals have a need in the back of their rotation, but Minor's slow progress makes it easy to wonder if he will pitch at all for the team in 2016. Once he begins pitching in games, Minor will likely need a full complement of rehab starts before he's activated.

60DMike Minor
SP KC
4 weeks ago

Minor (shoulder) has not started a minor league rehab assignment, and there is still no timetable for his return to the big leagues, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 28-year-old has been getting little information from the Royals regarding their plans for him, while the ultimate goal of the organization appears to be having him healthy and ready to contribute in a greater capacity in 2017.

60DMike Minor
SP KC
2 months ago

Minor (shoulder) had a throwing session Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Minor experienced a bit of a setback after reporting rotator cuff fatigue at the end of May, but it appears it has subsided enough to the point that he can resume throwing. An exact timetable or next step remains unclear, but Minor figures to have at least one more rehab start with Triple-A Omaha before being activated.

60DMike Minor
SP KC
2 months ago

Minor (shoulder) is experiencing some rotator cuff fatigue, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

This setback will bring Minor's rehab assignment to an abrupt halt, but manager Ned Yost was adamant that it's nothing serious. The training staff will give Minor a look over this week to determine when he may be able to resume his rehab. Minor went six innings for Triple-A Omaha on Monday, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four (83 pitches).

60DMike Minor
SP KC
2 months ago

Minor (shoulder) joined Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday to continue his rehab assignment, the Kansas City Star's Rustin Dodd reports.

EDGE Analysis

He allowed three runs and struck out 12 in 7.2 innings over two starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, and was able to up his pitch count to 72 in his most recent start. Minor should debut for Omaha on Friday. General manager Dayton Moore said Minor could be ready to join the big league rotation in early June, so while there is plenty to be concerned about regarding Minor's long-term health, he is worth a flyer in very deep formats, given the Royals' defense and home ballpark.

60DMike Minor
SP KC
3 months ago

Minor (shoulder) will start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Minor has been pitching in extended spring training, and it looks as though he's finally ready to begin a rehab assignment after being out of the majors since 2014. The lefty is on the 60-day DL, so he can't return until the end of May at the earliest, but he could slot into the Royals' starting rotation whenever he is back at full health.