Royals club officials have wondered how Minor (shoulder) might fare in the bullpen in 2017, the Kansas City Star reports. It's fair to wonder if Minor will be healthy enough to pitch at all next season, since he's been sidelined for two full years after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment in August. Nevertheless, pushing Minor to work 50-60 innings seems more realistic than getting him healthy enough to start again for a full big league season, and the Royals' financial limitations this offseason will likely keep the search for bullpen help on internal options.
Minor (shoulder) will be shut down for the remainder of the year, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. Minor suffered another setback after his last rehab start, effectively ruling him out of MLB action for the rest of the season, and he'll now be shut down entirely. The 28-year-old has battled injuries that have held him out of major league action since 2014, so there's no guarantee that he will be both healthy and effective enough by the start of 2017.
Minor left Friday's rehab start with shoulder stiffness and is now unlikely to pitch for the Royals this year, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports. The Royals were hoping that Minor would be able to start for the big league club at some point this season, but his latest setback makes that unlikely. The extent of Minor's latest setback is not certain, but with just a few weeks of minor-league games remaining, he could be shut down for the season.
Minor (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, 610 Sports Radio's Josh Vernier reports. He recently threw a live batting practice session, so a rehab assignment was anticipated to begin this week. The Royals could desperately use some help in the starting rotation, and if Minor's rehab assignment goes well, he should get a shot to start games for the big league club in August. That said, it's worth pointing out that Minor hasn't been a quality big league pitcher since 2013, primarily due to injuries, but also ineffectiveness in his last full season in 2014.
Minor (shoulder) threw a live batting practice session Sunday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports. Minor indicated he felt good during the session, but he might be required to face hitters once more before the Royals clear him to start a rehab assignment. The left-hander had previously been taking part in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha back in May before shoulder fatigue set in, but the issue appears to be behind him now.