Minor worked four innings and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five in an intra-squad game Thursday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. In response to questions about how he pitched, Minor's two-word response was "very poorly." Which is a natural reaction after he walked three batters in one inning. That's unlike Minor, who typically averages under three walks per nine innings. He was not pleased with his breaking stuff and said he kept missing when trying to pitch up in the zone. He'll get two more chances during camp to work out Thursday's issues before he's ready to take the mound in a regular season game July 25.
Minor threw a simulated game Saturday, T.R Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Minor had been slated to throw a sim game Friday, but that was delayed pending the results of his intake testing. Once he passed that hurdle, the left-hander tossed four innings and 77 pitches (47 strikes). Texas manager Chris Woodward reported Minor was pleased with the workout and is in a good place as he ramps up to the start of the regular season.
Minor was scheduled to pitch four innings in a workout Friday but instead was held out, with the Rangers still awaiting his COVID-19 test results, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Part of the uncertainty of this whole process is wondering whether this is just a normal delay, or if there's something wrong. The Rangers aren't permitted to elaborate about that without the consent of the player. The end result here is that this is a "... bit of a setback ..." for Minor, as per manager Chris Woodward, because of the compact training schedule.
Minor allowed two hits and struck out three over 4.2 scoreless innings in Tuesday's spring game against the White Sox. Minor extended his scoreless run to 7.2 innings over two spring starts. Tuesday's effort was more impressive than the first appearance because he faced the White Sox's projected regulars.
Minor allowed two walks and struck out two over three scoreless innings in Thursday's spring game against the Diamondbacks. It wasn't Arizona's best possible lineup, but the results are encouraging for Minor, who had been held back due to a battle with a sore hamstring. He needed just 38 pitches to get through his three innings, and the hamstring was not a bother. The left-hander will get at least more three spring starts in preparation for the regular season.
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