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Minor (shoulder) completed two sets of 15 throws from 50 feet Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Tuesday marked Minor's first time throwing in three weeks, since he was shut down due to a sore shoulder. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Minor felt fine while throwing, and the team now plans to slowly ramp up his program. The lefty figures to need a lengthy rehab assignment once cleared to pitch in games, but a return sometime in May seems to be the target.
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Minor (shoulder) is scheduled to begin his throwing program this week and hopes to be ready to rejoin the rotation in late-April/early-May, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
After being shut down for two weeks with shoulder soreness, it is good to hear that Minor plans to resume throwing this week. There is still a ton of risk here, as Minor was more of a flier option in mixed leagues when healthy given his sub-par 2014 season. Considering he should open the year on the disabled list, leagues with a DL spot would be the best places to stash him. With Minor out, Wandy Rodriguez, Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos are battling it out for the final two rotation spots to start the year.
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Minor (shoulder) has no structural damage, but he'll be shut down for two weeks before being reevaluated, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Minor visited with Dr. James Andrews, who determined the pitcher isn't dealing with a major injury, just soreness in his rotator cuff. It's a relief for the Braves, though they'll still keep a very close eye on Minor, who has had shoulder issues in the past, over the next two weeks.
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Minor (shoulder) will visit Dr. James Andrews next week to determine the extent of his left shoulder injury, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Minor was scratched from his scheduled outing Sunday due to tightness in his shoulder, and the need for a trip to see Dr. Andrews is never a good sign. However, given that it's a shoulder issue, it shouldn't require Tommy John surgery barring something unforeseen. More information on his situation should become available after the visit.
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Minor has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League outing Sunday with tightness in his left shoulder.
This is troubling news for the Braves, as Minor battled shoulder issues throughout 2014, though the team is saying he was scratched for precautionary reasons. Apparently, the tightness first surfaced Tuesday and the team wants to tread carefully. Atlanta has yet to name a replacement for Sunday's game against Houston, but if Minor is forced to miss more than one turn, it will likely open the door for the likes of Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos to see additional starting opportunities.
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Minor won his arbitration case with the Braves and will receive a one-year, $5.6 million contract for 2015, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Jornal-Constitution reports.Minor and the Braves went to arbitration over just $500,000, so this doesn't carry any major financial ramifications for either side. This was Minor's second go-around in arbitration and will receive more money as he moves further into the process until free agency in 2018.
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Minor (shoulder) didn't experience any discomfort while playing catch this week, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Minor is expected to get in some work off the mound in the near future and should be well on his way to being fully healthy before the beginning of spring training. The Braves shut him down late last season due to concerns about him experiencing shoulder discomfort, but it was mostly a precautionary measure. Even though he was able to make 25 starts last season, it's fair to wonder if Minor was pitching through injury for much of the campaign, as he saw a sizable uptick in his home-run rate en route to a career-worst 4.77 ERA. The Braves will be counting on him for a bounce back in 2015, likely as the No. 4 starter in their rotation.
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Minor (shoulder) will not start again this season, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
An MRI taken on Minor's shoulder revealed no structural damage, but given that the start of his season was delayed by a shoulder injury, the Braves will not take any chances and shut him down for the season. David Hale will take Minor's spot in the rotation, which comes up Thursday.
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Minor left Saturday's game with shoulder discomfort in the first inning.
Minor will be evaluated further in the dugout to determine the severity of his discomfort. The 26-year-old has suffered three consecutive losses in September and this injury news certainly doesn't make things better.
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Minor labored through 4.2 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rangers, giving up five earned runs on eight hits and three walks while recording just one strikeout.
After rolling through his last six starts with a 2.59 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, Minor's stretch of strong work came to a sudden stop Sunday afternoon. The Braves' lefty never seemed to find a rhythm and struggled with command throughout this outing, as his pitch count reached 107 before being lifted in the fifth inning. Minor will be in search of a rebound next weekend against the Mets.