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Mike Minor | Starting Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Vanderbilt
Contract: view contract details

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Recent News's Mark Bowman reports that Mike Minor's (shoulder) health status "will still be in question" before the date to tender contracts arrives.
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said last month that Minor, who had surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, was "all systems go" and ramping up his throwing program. However, it appears that he may have jumped the gun. Bowman says that the Braves still want to bring Minor back, but it sounds like they might try non-tendering him an retaining him on a lesser contract. Nov 9 - 6:18 PM

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Braves activated LHP Mike Minor from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Minor missed the 2015 campaign after having surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He's expected to be tendered a contract this winter and could be ready for Opening Day.
Nov 6 - 9:16 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is still in the Braves' plans for 2016.

Minor missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Monday that he's "all systems go" and ramping up his throwing program. The southpaw made $5.6 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter. Because he was a Super Two player, he remains under team control through 2017.
Oct 6 - 9:26 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is about three weeks away from resuming throwing off a mound.

Minor has been throwing on flat ground for a while and is nearly ready to try things from the bump. Also of note with Minor is that David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the Braves plan to tender the left-hander a contract this winter. It wasn't a given in his second year of arbitration after having a torn labrum in his left shoulder repaired. Minor is making $5.6 million this season.
Aug 17 - 8:04 PM

Mike Minor underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Minor will wind up missing the entire 2015 season, though he is expected to be ready for spring training in 2016. The left-hander was limited to 145 1/3 innings last year due to shoulder issues and registered a 4.77 ERA when healthy. He'll be a non-tender candidate this winter after winning $5.6 million via arbitration in February.
May 14 - 11:50 AM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the left shoulder surgery Mike Minor will have will be exploratory in nature.

In other words, the Braves won't know what all needs to be repaired until they cut him open. Thus, the timetable for Minor's rehab obviously isn't known yet. Even if the operation is relatively minor, the left-hander is still expected to miss the remainder of the season. Minor could be non-tendered by Atlanta this winter.
May 12 - 9:50 PM

Bill Shanks of reports that Mike Minor will have surgery on his left shoulder.

The specifics on the procedure aren't known at this time, but Minor is expected to miss the remainder of the 2015 season. The left-hander battled shoulder issues last season and he's never been able to get back on track after they cropped up again during spring training. Shanks speculates that Minor's Braves' career could be over, as the club might non-tender him rather than go to arbitration with him again after he earned $5.6 million this season.
May 12 - 7:36 PM

Braves transferred LHP Mike Minor from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

This allows the Braves to add Pedro Ciriaco to the 40-man roster. Minor's rotator cuff flared up in spring training and he suffered a setback when he resumed throwing in early April. It's the second year in a row Minor has been plagued by injuries. No timetable has been discussed for his return.
May 2 - 4:47 PM

Mike Minor has been sent back to Atlanta to be examined after feeling renewed discomfort in his left shoulder when he resumed throwing off a mound.

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said it's too soon to discuss Minor having exploratory shoulder surgery. Previous MRIs revealed only inflammation, but Minor just can't seem to get over the hump. More should be known about his status after the exam, but obviously we shouldn't expect to see him rejoin the Braves' rotation anytime soon.
Apr 12 - 1:31 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that Mike Minor (shoulder) is close to resuming throwing off a mound.

Minor has been long-tossing without any issues and is nearing a return to the bump. The left-hander will be brought along slowly by the rebuilding Braves, so it's unclear how many bullpen sessions he might need before being cleared for a rehab assignment. Don't count on seeing Minor anytime this month.
Apr 10 - 5:45 PM

Braves placed LHP Mike Minor on the 15-day disabled list with left rotator cuff inflammation.

The 27-year-old hurler is working through the issue, and it's encouraging to note that an MRI revealed no structural damage in his shoulder. As long as he avoids any setbacks along the way, he should be able to return to the Braves rotation in early May.
Apr 4 - 9:30 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is scheduled to resume throwing this week.

Minor had to be shut down earlier this month after being diagnosed with inflammation in his left rotator cuff. He paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews, who found no structural damage.'s Mark Bowman says the Braves are optimistic Minor will be ready around late April or early May.
Mar 23 - 10:13 AM

Mike Minor was diagnosed with left rotator cuff inflammation and will be shut down for two weeks.

Minor was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, but no structural damage was found. However, he received an injection in the shoulder and will rest in hopes that the inflammation will subside. The southpaw will begin the season on the disabled list, but it sounds like things could have been much worse.
Mar 10 - 10:59 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Pensacola, Florida.

Andrews is known more for fixing elbows, but he looked at Minor's shoulder on this particular visit. The 27-year-old left-hander had to be scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League debut on Sunday due to renewed left shoulder tightness. The Braves are expected to discuss the results of the Andrews appointment on Tuesday.
Mar 9 - 4:06 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is expected to see Dr. James Andrews early next week.

Minor was scratched from Sunday's start against the Astros due to tightness in his throwing shoulder and the Braves want him to get checked out. The southpaw dealt with shoulder issues last year en route to a disappointing 4.77 ERA, so this is a concerning development.
Mar 5 - 4:18 PM

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