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Reds' Mike Minor: Mutual option declined
Minor (shoulder) had his mutual option declined by the Reds on Tuesday.
The veteran lefty's season didn't go as planned, as he was limited by injuries to 19 starts and struggled to a 6.06 ERA when available. He's now finished with an ERA north of 5.00 for three straight seasons. He's reportedly contemplating retirement, and it could be tough for him to find another big-league deal if he elects to continue his career.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Considering retirement
Minor (shoulder) may retire this winter, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Minor will be 35 years old next season, and while players can certainly play well beyond that age, it would certainly make some sense if he calls it quits. For one, he hasn't recorded an ERA south of 5.00 since 2019. More importantly, pitching in the majors since 2010 has taken a toll on his arm. Shoulder issues cost him two months to start this season and sent him back to the injured list Friday. It may not be worth pushing through the pain next season, in which case the 2009 seventh overall pick would end his career with an 83-90 record and a 4.25 ERA over more than 1,400 big-league innings.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Out with shoulder injury
Minor was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday, retroactive to Sept. 20, with left shoulder soreness.
Minor was scheduled to start Friday against Milwaukee but will instead make his way to the injured list. The 34-year-old will be eligible to be activated for the final game of the regular season Oct. 5, but he's more likely to be shut down as the Reds take a look at their younger arms down the stretch. Minor has a 6.06 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 76:40 K:BB across 98 innings this year and has a $13 million mutual option for next year, which Cincinnati is likely to decline.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Rough outing in St. Louis
Minor (4-12) took the loss Saturday, allowing five runs on five hits and five walks over three innings against St. Louis. He struck out one.
Minor surrendered two runs in the first inning and three in the third, capped off by a two-run homer from catcher Yadier Molina with one out. The lefty has allowed seven hits or more in four of his last seven starts and has pitched six innings or more just once. In 10 starts at home this season, the 34-year-old has an 0-8 record with a 6.22 ERA, compared to a 4-4 record and 5.89 ERA over nine road starts.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Handed 11th loss
Minor (4-11) allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks over five innings Monday, striking out five and taking a loss against the Pirates.
All the damage against Minor came via the long ball as he served up three home runs in the loss. Five of those runs came during a brutal fifth inning. The 34-year-old lefty had given up just five runs over his previous three starts but he saw his ERA climb to 5.78 and took his first loss since Aug. 15. Minor is lined up to start in St. Louis this weekend.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Minimizes damage in victory
Minor (4-10) earned the win over the Cubs on Wednesday, allowing one run on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three batters over 5.2 innings.
Minor allowed multiple baserunners in four of the six innings in which he pitched, but all 10 hits against him were singles. He constantly escaped trouble, thanks in large part to three double plays turned behind him. Remarkably, he tied his worst mark of the season with the 10 hits while tying his best mark by allowing just one run. Minor started the season at 1-10, but each of his three decisions since has been a victory. He's allowed two runs or fewer in each of his past three starts.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Fails to last five innings
Minor tossed 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out one in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals in extra innings. He did not factor into the decision.
Minor fired three scoreless frames to open Wednesday's outing, but Nolan Arenado ripped a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning, accounting for the only blemish on his line. The left-hander left the contest the following inning after Dylan Carlson notched a two-out single. Minor has now put together two solid starts in a row, giving up four runs over 11.2 frames in those outings. The 34-year-old now owns a 5.98 ERA and 1.53 WHIP with 67 punchouts over 84.1 innings in 16 starts this year.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Fans seven in win over Nats
Minor (3-10) picked up the win Friday, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings in a 7-3 victory over the Nationals. He struck out seven without walking a batter.
The veteran lefty tossed 105 pitches (71 strikes) en route to just his second quality start of the season, with the first coming back on July 1. Minor also completed seven innings for the first time in 2022, and he's now won back-to-back starts after dropping eight straight decisions. It should be noted, however, that the wins came against Pittsburgh and Washington, two of the four teams with records worse than Cincinnati's in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Picks up second win
Minor (2-10) allowed five runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out one in 5.2 innings to earn the win over the Pirates on Sunday.
Wins have been hard to come by for Minor this season, but he got plenty of offensive support from the Reds on Sunday and earned his first win since June 13 despite giving up five runs. The southpaw has given up at least four runs in four of his six starts since the All-Star break and has posted a 6.75 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in 30.2 innings during that time. He tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Washington on Friday.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Saddled with 10th loss
Minor (1-10) took the loss after allowing four runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings Monday against the Phillies.
Minor was handed an early two-run lead by his offense, but he would surrender three runs in the top of the third inning and another in the fifth before exiting with a 4-2 deficit. The southpaw has been handed three straight losses counting Monday's start, giving up 11 runs on 20 hits and seven walks to go with 13 strikeouts over that stretch (15.2 innings).... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Bogged down by homers
Minor (1-9) was tagged with a loss after he pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three versus the Mets on Tuesday.
Minor was able to pitch two scoreless frames before running into trouble in the third inning. He surrendered a one-out, two-run homer to Francisco Lindor and then another solo shot to Jeff McNeil in the following inning. Minor failed to reach six innings on the mound for the fifth straight outing after doing so in consecutive starts in early July. Since the All-Star break, the left-hander has produced a 6.30 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with 16 strikeouts over 20 innings in four starts.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Gives up three in loss
Minor (1-8) gave up three earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six over 5.1 innings to take the loss in a 3-0 defeat against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Minor is in the midst of a down season and was assigned a difficult matchup against Sandy Alcantara, who took the mound for the opposing Marlins. The combination did not bode well, as Minor gave up three runs and received no run support from a depleted Reds lineup that recently traded away Brandon Drury at the deadline. At 34 years of age, Minor is likely in the twilight of his career. His fastball is down over four mph since 2017 and he has labored in 11 starts this year after beginning the season late due to shoulder soreness. The veteran will carry a 6.19 ERA into his next expected start at the Mets.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Yields two runs
Minor allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over 5.1 frames in Friday's loss to Baltimore. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision.
Minor scattered a handful of baserunners over five shutout innings before he coughed up a two-run homer to Anthony Santander in the sixth. The veteran southpaw owns an unsightly 6.31 ERA while allowing a home run in nine of his 10 starts this season. In five July starts, Minor posted a 4.91 ERA with a 24:12 K:BB through 25.2 frames. He's lined up to start in Miami next week.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Tagged with seventh loss
Minor (1-7) was charged with the loss Saturday against the Cardinals after surrendering five runs on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts across four innings.
St. Louis did all of its damage against Minor during the third and fourth innings, with a pair of homers from Tyler O'Neill and Paul Goldschmidt in the fourth cementing the lefty's poor outing. Minor is now without a victory in his last six starts and has a 6.32 ERA during that stretch, and he's picked up the loss in five of those outings. The veteran southpaw tentatively lines up to pitch against Baltimore next weekend, but his stability in Cincinnati's rotation is tenuous at best.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Error derails start
Minor pitched five innings, giving up five runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in Wednesday's 7-6 extra-inning loss to the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision.
Minor pitched two scoreless innings before the wheels fell off in the third frame. After he walked Joey Gallo and surrendered a single to DJ LeMahieu to open the inning, a Jonathan India error allowed Anthony Rizzo to reach base with one out. Minor proceeded to allow five runs to score in the frame, only one which was earned. The left-hander was removed after the following inning. He's produced a 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 17 punchouts over 16.1 frames in three starts in July. Wednesday's outing actually lowered Minor's season-long ERA from 6.63 to a still-unimpressive 6.21 over 42 innings in eight starts.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Takes loss after late struggles
Minor (1-6) took the loss during the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Pirates, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks over 6.1 innings. He struck out eight.
The veteran lefty cruised through the first four innings, allowing just one baserunner. However, Minor gave up a leadoff home run to Diego Castillo in the fifth, a two-run double in the sixth and an RBI single in the seventh before being replaced by Luis Cessa. Minor has completed six innings in four of his last five starts, but he has a 6.07 ERA during that span. His next start is tentatively scheduled for Thursday's road matchup against the Yankees.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Minor: Gets little help in loss
Minor (1-5) took the loss Friday as the Reds were routed 9-1 by Atlanta, giving up two runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out three without walking a batter.
It was the first quality start of the season for the veteran lefty, but Minor's efforts were wasted as the Reds gave him almost no support. The zero walks were somewhat remarkable given that he tossed only 54 of 94 pitches for strikes, and Minor had walked multiple batters in four of five starts since missing the first two months of the season with a shoulder issue. Despite Friday's performance, he'll carry a 6.82 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 24:10 K:BB through 31.2 innings into his next outing, but a run of solid starts could rehabilitate his trade value ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline.... See More ... See Less
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