OUTMike Minor
SP KC
2 months ago

Royals club officials have wondered how Minor (shoulder) might fare in the bullpen in 2017, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's fair to wonder if Minor will be healthy enough to pitch at all next season, since he's been sidelined for two full years after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment in August. Nevertheless, pushing Minor to work 50-60 innings seems more realistic than getting him healthy enough to start again for a full big league season, and the Royals' financial limitations this offseason will likely keep the search for bullpen help on internal options.

OUTMike Minor
SP KC
3 months ago

Minor (shoulder) will be shut down for the remainder of the year, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Minor suffered another setback after his last rehab start, effectively ruling him out of MLB action for the rest of the season, and he'll now be shut down entirely. The 28-year-old has battled injuries that have held him out of major league action since 2014, so there's no guarantee that he will be both healthy and effective enough by the start of 2017.

OUTMike Minor
SP KC
4 months ago

Minor left Friday's rehab start with shoulder stiffness and is now unlikely to pitch for the Royals this year, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals were hoping that Minor would be able to start for the big league club at some point this season, but his latest setback makes that unlikely. The extent of Minor's latest setback is not certain, but with just a few weeks of minor-league games remaining, he could be shut down for the season.

OUTMike Minor
SP KC
4 months ago

Minor (shoulder) isn't expected to come off the 60-day DL and rejoin the Royals until September, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Minor has been increasing his pitch count during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha, most recently covering six innings (and 88 pitches) during Friday's outing. Given that Minor hasn't pitched in an MLB game since September 2014 while he's worked his way back from shoulder surgery, the Royals understandably aren't anxious to integrate him back into the big-league rotation. They'll wait until rosters expand in September before bringing Minor aboard.

OUTMike Minor
SP KC
4 months ago

Minor (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 80 pitches in a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Sunday, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Minor is gradually building up his pitch count, and he is set to throw 80 pitches Sunday after tossing 63 his last time out. If he makes it through Sunday's outing without a setback, it's possible his next start could come with the big club later next week.

OUTMike Minor
SP KC
4 months 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.

OUTMike Minor
SP KC
4 months 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.

OUTMike Minor
SP KC
5 months 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.

OUTMike Minor
SP KC
5 months 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.

OUTMike Minor
SP KC
5 months 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.