Another year, another chance to misfire on Mike Minor, who entered the last two spring trainings thinking he'd be ready for the start of the season only to find out he'd need to miss extensive time. Both times, it was his throwing shoulder that acted up, and last year, he ultimately gave in to surgery, having a torn labrum repaired in May. When last fully healthy in 2013, Minor emerged as a top-30 starting pitcher in Fantasy, going 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings, but not every pitcher comes back 100 percent from a torn labrum. Considering Minor will be less than a year removed from his procedure and had such a long layoff even before then, you can't count on him being a major contributor in Fantasy, but you can take a late-round flier for the upside.
Minor was non-tendered by the Braves on Thursday. The last news on Minor was that he had began a throwing program in October, as he was still trying to work his way back from shoulder surgery in May. Minor, who turns 28 on Dec. 26, did not pitch at all last year, and the Braves clearly did not think he was worth what it was going to cost to keep him in arbitration. He also did not really fit into the team's rebuilding plans, so it was probably best for both sides to part ways. Minor's 2013 season was the only time he has lived up to his prospect billing as a No. 3 starter, and while he could catch on with another organization, the days of him being a fantasy asset appear to be long gone.
Braves pitcher Mike Minor (shoulder) began a throwing program recently, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Minor went under the knife for shoulder surgery in the middle of May, but was able to begin throwing in September and appears to be progressing well. He'll continue to throw over the offseason, and while the club is hopeful that the 27-year-old will be able to return early next year, it's unclear at this point if he'll be available to begin the season.
Braves left-handed pitcher Mike Minor underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, the club announced. Previously, the Braves had placed Minor on the 60-day disabled list in June. Once Minor needed to opt for surgery, it became likely that he would be forced to sit out the rest of the year. Minor first began experiencing shoulder discomfort a year ago, which led to a 6-12 season with a 4.77 ERA. The Braves described Minor's shoulder procedure as "successful."
Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor will undergo a surgical procedure to his left shoulder later this week, almost certainly preventing the left hander from returning in June, as had been targeted, sources have told MLB.com. Minor struggled with discomfort in his left shoulder last season, posting a disappointing 6-12 record in 25 starts with a 4.77 ERA. According to Bill Shanks of FOX Sports 1670 and Scout.com, the surgery will likely prevent Minor, who began the season on the disabled list, from pitching in 2015. Minor, 27, was shifted to the 60-day DL on May 2.
Braves pitcher Mike Minor won't be returning to the team until June, at the earliest. Minor opened the season on the 15-day disabled list, with shoulder inflammation that shut him down during spring training. The team shifted him to the 60-day DL on Saturday, opening up a spot on the 40-man roster for infielder Pedro Ciriaco, purchased from Triple-A. John Hart said, "There has not been any measurable improvements that you want to see. At this point, things havent progressed," per MLB.com. "We dont see him coming back anytime soon," Hart added.
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