Mike Minor SP ATL 2 Days

Mike Minor (shoulder) will make one more rehab start this Friday at Double-A Mississippi.

The thought had been that Minor was going to join the Braves' starting rotation this Saturday, but the left-hander will instead have one final appearance against minor league competition. He has not made a start at the major league level this season because of spring shoulder soreness that could be blamed on an inactive winter. He had a urinary tract procedure in December.

Mike Minor SP ATL 3 Days

Mike Minor (shoulder) will throw a side session Tuesday.

If all goes well, Minor will be activated to make his season debut Saturday against the Reds. Minor allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and no walks with four strikeouts in his most recent rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Mike Minor SP ATL 4 Days

The Braves tentatively plan to have Mike Minor (shoulder) rejoin the rotation on Saturday against the Reds.

He'd be going on two extra days' rest with Thursday's off day. Minor allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and no walks with four strikeouts in his final rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. He got his pitch count up to 80 in the outing, so Minor should be able to get up to around 100 against the Reds.

Mike Minor SP ATL 15 Days

Mike Minor (shoulder) pitched 2 1/3 innings in a relief appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday, striking out four while allowing two runs (one earned).

Minor wasn't pleased with the results after giving up a hit and three walks, but the important part is that his shoulder felt good. He'll make a start with the Gwinnett club on Sunday, and he's on target for a return to the Braves on April 23 or 25.

Mike Minor SP ATL 21 Days

Mike Minor (shoulder) struck out five but allowed three runs on four hits over two innings in a rehab start for Double-A Mississippi Thursday.

Minor served up a double and a home run in the outing. While he was hit a little harder than you'd like, the Braves have to like that he got plenty of swings and misses. Minor needs to make a few more rehab starts before rejoining the Braves' rotation at the end of the month.

Mike Minor SP ATL 23 Days

Mike Minor (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Double-A Mississippi Thursday.

It will come after he threw 1 1/3 innings against Braves minor leaguers over the weekend. Minor is feeling good physically but has some work to do to build up his stamina. He is expected to rejoin the Braves' rotation before the end of the month.

Mike Minor SP ATL 26 Days

Mike Minor (shoulder) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings against Braves minor leaguers Saturday in the team's Futures Game.

The Braves Futures ended up winning 13-4. Minor, though, was effective in his start. According to the Augusta Chronicle's David Lee, he was right around 91 mph with his fastball. Now healthy, he still needs to build up endurance before joining Atlanta's rotation, probably in the last week of April.

Mike Minor SP ATL 1 Month

Braves placed LHP Mike Minor on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with shoulder soreness.

Minor won't be ready to join the Braves rotation until the end of April. With the plethora of injuries and misfortune that the Braves have endured in their rotation this spring, they'll play things extra cautiously with Minor instead of rushing him back.

Mike Minor SP ATL 1 Month

Mike Minor (shoulder) won't be activated from the disabled list until the the second half of April.

Minor is hoping to be ready by the end of the second week of April, but recent injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have caused the Braves to exercise caution with their left-hander. The good news is that Minor has gone almost a month without any discomfort in his shoulder. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Minor could make his first start in a minor league game at the end of March while starting the season on the disabled list.

Mike Minor SP ATL 1 Month

Mike Minor (shoulder) threw a successful live batting practice session Monday.

The left-hander thinks he could pitch in a game later this week, but he'll probably have one more live BP session instead. Minor is expected to begin the season on the disabled list but, assuming he has no setbacks, will likely be ready on April 12 when the Braves first need a fifth starter.