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36 Mike Minor SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/220 | Birthdate: 12/26/1987 | Birthplace: Chapel Hill, TN | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Atlanta | College: Vanderbilt | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $505,000 | Owned/Started%: 62/10 | Average Draft Position: 204.06
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Braves' Mike Minor (shoulder) feels good after throwing Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that pitcher Mike Minor was feeling good after throwing from 60 feet Tuesday, the Braves Radio Network reports.

It was the first time Minor has throw since being shut down with shoulder tightness earlier in March. He completed two sets of 15 throws in the session. He's scheduled to open the season on the disabled list and may be able to rejoin the rotation by early May.


Braves SP Mike Minor on track for early May return?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) If all goes well in his recovery from shoulder tightness, Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor could be back in the major-league rotation by early May. Although, Minor is not set to put any timetable on his return.

"I think it's really going to be about seeing how I feel every day," Minor said. "If I feel strong, and I think I can progress, I think they're going to let me. I've already done all that work. I know taking the time off is a big deal, too. So, it's just a matter of how much strength did I keep and how quickly I can get back into throwing shape."

After being evaluated by Dr. James Andrews earlier in March, Minor was prescribed multiple stretching exercises to help with the range of motion in his shoulder. Minor has been shut down since experiencing tightness in his left shoulder while throwing live batting practice on March 3.


Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) to begin throwing this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (shoulder) is scheduled to begin his throwing program this week, MLB.com reports.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Monday that Minor will begin light throwing from 60 feet soon, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The pitcher was shut down earlier in March due to shoulder inflammation. He'll open the season on the disabled list but is still hoping to return by late April.


Report: Braves' Mike Minor to open season on disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Minor will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list despite avoiding structural damage in his pitching shoulder, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Minor had an MRI and an injection from Dr. James Andrews Monday and will rest for two weeks before being re-evaluated to see if he can resume throwing. Andrews told Minor that too much weighlifting and certain other excersies likely contributed to tightness in his upper body.

"I went to him for another opinion," Minor said. "He kind of gave me the same kind of idea that our doctor was saying, besides the fact that, hey, let’s just shut down the upper-body lifting because you’re getting tight every time you’re lifting and that could be contributing to the pinch in the top. So if I just stretch and keep my shoulder strong, but not doing any push-ups or chest exercises, even the back exercises, kind of keeping them at bay to be a bit free-and-easier, then maybe it won’t pinch as much up there. There’s nothing wrong with the MRIs and stuff, so there’s no surgical procedures or anything (required). It’s just frustrating, more or less."

With Minor to miss the beginning of the season, the Braves will be looking to fill two holes in the rotation this spring.


Braves' Mike Minor to miss two weeks with shoulder inflammation


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Minor will be shut down for the next two weeks as he recovers from inflammation in his rotator cuff, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

While there was no structural damage in his shoulder, Minor did need an injection and he'll be reevaluated in two weeks.


Braves' Mike Minor meeting with Dr. Andrews Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Minor is meeting with Dr. James Andrews Monday in Pensacola, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Minor was scratched from his previously scheduled start due to tightness in his right shoulder. The team isn't expected to announce anything regarding Monday's meeting until Tuesday.


Braves' Minor doesn't appear to be overly concerned about injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor appeared confident Friday his shoulder injury is not serious, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Minor doesn't have a date yet on when he will meet with Dr. James Andrews next week, but he is hoping Andrews can clarify what is wrong with his shoulder.

Minor said his shoulder started to get sore after throwing batting practice last week, and the soreness increased following a second batting practice session.

“Like I said, I’m not too concerned,” Minor said Friday. “It would really surprise me if there was something majorly wrong. Last year there was a lot more pain than right now. I was throwing all year, trying to make every start. I could throw (now), I could pitch and potentially I don’t think anybody would even notice if I didn’t say anything.”


Gonzalez: Braves SP Mike Minor to meet with Dr. Andrews


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday he believes starting pitcher Mike Minor will meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Minor was scratched from his spring start Sunday due to tightness in his left shoulder.

Braves' Minor scratched from start with tightness in left shoulder


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) The Braves announced Wednesday starting pitcher Mike Minor was scratched from his spring debut Sunday against the Astros due to tightness in his left shoulder. The Braves said Minor had been fine until feeling tightness Tuesday, which forced them to scratch him from Sunday's start for precautionary reasons.

Shoulder injuries are nothing new for Minor, who missed the first month of the 2014 season due to shoulder soreness.


Braves' Mike Minor looks good in first bullpen session


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Minor received rave reviews following his first bullpen session of the spring, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Minor didn't start last season on time due to shoulder issues. That injury led to a down year, as Minor posted a 4.77 ERA over 145 1/3 innings. If camp is any indication, he's ready for a bounce back.

"Man, oh man, he threw a side (session) today — mid-season form, he really was," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He’s strong, he looks good, his arm is working great." Gonzalez went on to call Minor's performance the highlight of the day. He added that he fully expected a rebound from Minor in 2015. "He looked healthy, looked strong. I’m really, really encouraged."

The 27-year-old Minor is expected to open the year as one of the team's top starters.


Mike Minor will make $5.6M after winning arbitration case vs. Braves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor won his arbitration case against the club, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Friday. Minor, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time, will receive the $5.6 million he originally asked for. Atlanta offered $5.1 million.

Minor went 6-12 in 2014 with a 4.77 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 145 1/3 innings pitched for the Braves.


Report: Braves, Mike Minor set arbitration hearing date


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) The Braves and pitcher Mike Minor have set an arbitration meeting date for Feb. 19, the day before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 Minor originally asked for $5.6 million while Atlanta was willing to offer $5.1 million. Minor went 6-12 in 2014 with a 4.77 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 145 1/3 innings pitched for the Braves.


Braves' Minor not experiencing any shoulder discomfort


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor, who was shut down in late September due to shoulder inflammation, said he has not experienced any discomfort while playing catch, per MLB.com. He hopes to throw off a mound starting Friday.

Minor went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 25 starts last season.


Braves, Mike Minor exchange arbitration figures


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Minor filed for $5.6 million in arbitration while the team filed for $5.1 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Friday.

Minor is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA and 120:44 K:BB ratio in 145 1/3 innings in 2014.


Mike Minor shut down, David Hale to start Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) The Braves will skip Mike Minor this week and shut the pitcher down with shoulder inflammation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

David Hale will fill Minor's spot Thursday against the Pirates. Minor was removed from his last start Saturday after just one inning with the shoulder issue. He finishes the season with a 4.77 ERA and 120:44 K:BB ratio in 145 1/3 innings.


Mike Minor pulled from start with shoulder discomfort


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor lasted one inning Saturday due to shoulder discomfort.

Minor walked the first batter he faced, and hit the second. With two men on, he induced a flyout, putting both runners in scoring position. A sac fly brought home one run, but Minor was able to escape the inning without any more damage. The club did not provide an immediate update on Minor's status. 

Minor is slated to take on the Pirates in his next start if he's healthy enough to go. 


Mike Minor has major issues in loss to Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Braves starter Mike Minor had major problems Sunday in Texas. He surrendered five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings to lower his record to 6-11 as the playoff chances of his team continued to dwindle.

Minor was hanging in there until a brutal fifth inning in which he allowed three singles, two doubles, one walk and six runs - all after retiring the first two batters. He finished with three walks and one strikeout. Minor, who was coming off six straight quality starts, will try to turn it around Saturday against the Mets.


Mike Minor pegged with tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor turned in a solid outing, but was not backed by much run support in a tough-luck loss to the Nationals on Monday, dropping to 6-10 on the year. He allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings of a 2-1 defeat.

Over his last five starts covering 35 innings, Minor has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 4.58 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 23 starts (139 2/3 innings). His next start will come Sunday at Texas.

Mike Minor allows three runs in loss vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor took a loss Tuesday, surrendering three earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 4-0 defeat against the Phillies.

Minor (6-9) allowed one home run in the game but still turned in his fifth straight quality start. He's bounced back nicely after enduring a rough patch from mid-July to early August. Minor owns a 4.65 ERA and 116:38 K:BB ratio in 133 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals Monday.


Mike Minor performs well on the mound and at the plate


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor helped himself out with a strong game on the mound and at the plate Thursday.

Minor allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks during the start. Minor was exceptional early, tossing four perfect innings to begin the game. While he allowed a hit to open the fifth inning, Minor was able to pitch around it. Minor gave up his only run in the eighth inning. He gave up a double and a run-scoring single to open the frame, and was pulled before picking up an out. 

Thanks to his strong game at the plate, Minor left with a two-run lead. Minor helped his own cause in the second inning, singling in a run. He struck again in the eighth, leading off the inning with a double. Minor would eventually score during the inning.

With the win, Minor improves to 6-8. He’ll take on the Phillies in his next start.


Mike Minor flirts with no-hitter, but can't win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor flirted with a no-hitter Friday against the Reds.

Minor allowed one run on one hit over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked four during the outing. Minor made it into the eighth inning before giving up his first hit of the game. Minor walked a batter earlier in the inning. That base-runner reached second on a groundout. With a man on second, Billy Hamilton knocked an RBI-single against Minor. It was the first hit Minor gave up all game. Minor was pulled after the hit. He threw 107 pitches.

Minor was matched by Mat Latos throughout the start. Because of that, he picked up a no-decision for his efforts. Minor will take on the Mets in his next start.


Mike Minor turns in solid outing in win over A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor put together a solid outing Sunday night at home against the A's, allowing two earned runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 4-3 victory.

With the win, Minor improved to 5-8 on the season. Over his last two starts covering 13 2/3 innings, he has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 5.16 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 19 starts (111 2/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at Cincinnati.

Mike Minor shows he's worth keeping


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/13/2014) Mike Minor's line in his return to the starting rotation Tuesday against the Dodgers wasn't the most impressive one he's ever had, but allowing three earned runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings was a definite step in the right direction. After all, he had a 7.33 ERA and 1.89 WHIP in his previous 10 starts, looking nothing like the breakout pitcher of a year ago.

The Braves had skipped Minor's last turn hoping to get him right, and judging by his comments after the game, he used that time wisely.

"I changed some things mechanically, with some of my grips. I thought my stuff was moving better," Minor said. "It was encouraging."

Having watched the game, I'll add that Minor had especially bad luck on batted balls, with at least two of the Dodgers' eight hits coming on popups just out of the reach of the second baseman. In the inning he gave up two of the three earned runs, the only hard-hit ball was Carl Crawford's double.

In other words, his line could have been even better than it was. Given his upside, he deserves another chance in Fantasy.


Mike Minor takes a tough loss Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor turned in a decent start, but couldn't pick up a win Tuesday.

Minor allowed three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out seven and walked one. Minor didn't allow any home runs during the outing, but proved to be somewhat hittable. The Dodgers were able to strike early against Minor, plating one run in the second inning. They struck again in the fifth after Minor put two men on. A ground out and a single drove in both runs. Minor left the game down one run, but the team could not mount a comeback.

With the loss, Minor fell to 4-8 on the year. He'll take on the Athletics during his next start. 


Is that stashed superstar really worth the wait?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) So you're at the point, with the season winding down, where you have to win at all costs. Seems straightforward enough. The only problem is your bench is overflowing with players you can't actually use -- ones that are injured but too valuable to drop, like Brett Lawrie, Brandon Phillips, Adam Eaton, Michael Wacha, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez or Masahiro Tanaka.

Or maybe your albatross isn't injured but just doesn't inspire much confidence right now, like Pedro Alvarez, Justin Verlander or Mike Minor.

I've got news for you: This late in the year, when winning is paramount, you can consider dropping them. Granted, it shouldn't be the goal because the competition can only benefit from whatever you forfeit, but sometimes, it's your only choice.

I break it down player-by-player in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so if you could a little assistance with that season-shifting dilemma, be sure to check out.