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Mike Minor | Starting Pitcher | #26

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Vanderbilt
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (7) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Mike Minor (shoulder) is preparing as a reliever in spring training, competing for a job in the club's Opening Day bullpen.
Minor was limited to just 10 minor league appearances in 2016 due to his troublesome shoulder. Both Minor and the Royals are hopeful that pitching out of the bullpen will lead to less wear and tear on his shoulder and keep him healthier. The move to the pen should also boost his velocity and effectiveness. Feb 19 - 10:49 PM

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

Minor never made it back to the majors in 2016, as he had another setback with his troublesome left shoulder. His status for the beginning of spring training is unclear.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 03:16:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) has officially been shut down for the year.

Minor had another setback with his troublesome left shoulder in a rehab start Friday with Triple-A Omaha and Royals GM Dayton Moore confirmed Wednesday that the 28-year-old southpaw has simply run out of time. Minor hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014, and he hasn't been effective since 2013. Kansas City owes him $4 million next year.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 09:26:00 AM

Mike Minor left a rehab start on Friday with stiffness in his surgically-repaired left shoulder.

It's unclear at this point how serious the setback is, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a radio interview on 610 Sports Radio that it effectively rules Minor out as an option for the major league club in September. "We're not too optimistic that he's going to be in a position to help us this year based on some news we got after the game last night," Moore said. Minor hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014 due to shoulder problems.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 02:19:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) isn't expected to join the Royals until sometime next month.

Minor has hit some speed bumps as he works his way back from labrum surgery. He's posted a 4.93 ERA and 44/20 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 11:08:00 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha.

It will be his first time pitching in a minor league game since May 30, when he had to shut down his rehab assignment because of rotator cuff fatigue. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and hasn't thrown a pitch at the major league level in 2016. Maybe he could become an option for the Royals in late August, but it's not something to count on.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday in Kansas City.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Minor looked really good during the workout and suggested that the left-hander could be close to restarting a minor league rehab assignment. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and he hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors this year.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) has been throwing live batting practices at the Royals' spring training facility in Arizona.

He's waiting for the Royals to give him a rehab assignment. Minor has suffered countless setbacks in his recovery from shoulder surgery but seems to finally being showing progress. The 28-year-old made five rehab appearances between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha in May before being shut down with shoulder fatigue.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 05:48:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) will have his rehab clock reset.

The Royals don't seem overly concerned about the rotator cuff fatigue that Minor is dealing with, but stopping and re-starting his rehab assignment potentially buys them an extra 30 days to evaluated the left-hander. "We’ll shut him down for a little bit and get him right back going again," manager Ned Yost said.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 09:56:00 AM

Mike Minor is experiencing fatigue in his rotator cuff and will be examined by Royals doctors.

Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters Tuesday that it's nothing serious, but there's no way of saying that for sure until Minor undergoes some tests. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He is currently on the 60-day major league disabled list.
Tue, May 31, 2016 06:07:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) was clocked in the mid-90s during his rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

It was reported that Minor was touching 96 mph in extended spring training and the velocity has evidently carried over into official games. It's a surprise, as it's actually noticeably harder than he threw prior to labrum surgery. Minor credits the Royals' medical staff with his velocity increase. "I think it’s because of those guys in there — the medical staff," Minor said. "(I’m) just doing hip and spine programs and kind of stretching more. (I’m) focusing on smaller muscles, and things that can help me on the mound." Minor holds a 4.97 ERA and has walked eight over 12 2/3 rehab frames to this point, but he's also struck out 17. Dillon Gee and Danny Duffy have pitched well since being thrust into the Royals' rotation, but Minor could get a shot before long.
Sun, May 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Omaha this week.

Minor allowed two runs and struck out 12 in 7 2/3 rehab innings (two rehab starts) at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and is now ready to face a little better competition. The left-hander could be ready to join the Royals' rotation at some point next week and carries some deep-league fantasy intrigue. Minor, 28, was a stud for the Braves in 2013 before injuries derailed his career.
Tue, May 17, 2016 10:27:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

He's spent the last couple of weeks appearing in games at extended spring training. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum and he struggled with the Braves in 2014, but he was among the best starters in baseball in 2013. Kansas City is hoping he can become a rotation option by the end of the month.
Tue, May 10, 2016 04:29:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) pitched three innings in extended spring training on Saturday.

Minor missed all of last season with a torn labrum but has made good progress in his recovery this spring, reaching up to 96 mph on his fastball. The left-hander is still a few weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment. He could eventually find his way into Kansas City's starting rotation.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 07:14:00 PM

According to's Jeffrey Flanagan, left-hander Mike Minor (shoulder) touched 96 mph Tuesday during an appearance at extended spring training.

Flanagan adds that Minor's fastball sat "comfortably" around 93 mph. That's surprising velocity from a guy who has never averaged more than 91.2 mph with his hardest pitch. Minor is still on his way back from shoulder surgery and the Royals placed him on the 60-day disabled list in mid-March. He won't be an option until sometime in late May.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 06:46:00 PM

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