Report: Braves planning to start Mike Minor next Saturday

Coming to a Braves rotation near you: Mike Minor.
Coming to a Braves rotation near you: Mike Minor. (USATSI)

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Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor has spent the entirety of the 2014 season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, but that will likely change within a week. The Braves are tenatively planning on having Minor take the mound next Saturday, per David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Minor, 26, was 13-9 with a 3.37 ERA (123 ERA-plus), 1.09 WHIP and 181 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings last season. He's appeared in four minor-league rehab games this season, posting a 3.52 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings. In his most recent outing, Minor worked six innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs.

When Minor returns, David Hale appears to be the odd man out of the Braves' rotation. Entering his Sunday start, Hale has a 2.89 ERA, but that's the worst of the Braves' five starters and he's actually walked more hitters (seven) than he's struck out (six). His 1.82 WHIP shows he's been allowing far too many baserunners, too.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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