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Braves | Mike Minor still long tossing

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:39:02 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) is still doing long-toss throwing sessions and hasn't thrown off a mound yet, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Gonzlaez noted Minor is close to throwing from the mound, though.

Fantasy Tip: Minor is still approximately two months away, as he has had to essentially restart his spring training program all over. After battling shoulder injuries throughout the 2014 season, there are certainly concerns about his ability to rebound this year. Still, he is worth stashing in the majority of formats.

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Braves | Mike Minor throws from 60 feet

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:39:21 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) threw two sets of 15 throws from 60 feet Tuesday, March 24. It was the first time he threw since being shut down Thursday, March 5.

Fantasy Tip: Minor is basically starting spring training all over again, and he projects to return in late-May or early-June. With his 2014 season mired by shoulder issues, his fantasy stock is becoming a risky undertaking, and you shouldn't be afraid to allow him to take up space on an opponent's roster. Still, he returned near-elite numbers in 2013, so there could be upside for a patient owner.

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Braves | Mike Minor return timeline

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:31:54 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) is expected to return in mid-May or early-June, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Fantasy Tip: Minor battled through shoulder issues all of last season, so expecting him to return to the near-elite level of production he showed during 2013 is ill-advised. He is a stash candidate in deep mixed and NL-only leagues, but a solid return is far more speculative than certain. Don't be afraid to let him be someone else's roster clog, either.

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Braves | No structural damage for Mike Minor

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:56:34 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) is dealing with inflammation of the rotator cuff but no structural damage, according to Dr. James Andrews. However, Minor isn't sure what caused his shoulder problems early in spring that will force him to open the season on the 15-day disabled list for the second straight season. Minor had an MRI exam and an injection from Andrews and will rest for two weeks before resuming throwing. Andrews also told Minor that too much weightlifting and other exercises put unneeded tightness in his upper body. The Braves intend to go with in-house options, for now, to fill the extra rotation spot to start the year.

Fantasy Tip: It's great news for Minor, but you have to continue to wonder what's really wrong with Minor's left shoulder. Will this be a repeat of 2014 when he battled through shoulder pain and disappointed his owners after a fantastic 2013? The fact that he'll start on the DL once again will drive his price down to a very cheap level. He's still worth speculating on and stashing at the tail end of mixed league drafts.

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Braves | Mike Minor evaluated

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:14:43 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) was evaluated by specialist Dr. James Andrews Monday, March 9. The team is expected to announce results Tuesday, March 10.

Fantasy Tip: It was easy to back Minor as a bounce-back candidate this season before the news of the shoulder soreness and need for a specialist's assessment. Make sure to check back for an official word on the severity of Minor's shoulder surgery. Until then, consider him an extremely risky fantasy option.

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Braves | Mike Minor not too concerned

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:13:05 -0800

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) will visit with Dr. James Andrews about his sore left shoulder next week, but Minor isn't too concerned. "It would really surprise me if there was something majorly wrong. Last year there was a lot more pain than right now. I was throwing all year, trying to make every start. I could throw (now), I could pitch and potentially I don't think anybody would even notice if I didn't say anything," Minor said. Minor struggled through 2014 while pitching through shoulder pain for much of the year, and the Braves don't want to go down that road again. The worst-case scenario might be exploratory surgery to find out what is wrong in his shoulder.

Fantasy Tip: Until we have the final word from Dr. Andrews, fantasy owners need to sit tight on Minor. After he pitched through shoulder pain for much of 2014, exploratory surgery may be needed. It was easy to view Minor as a bounce-back candidate in 2015 after he was arguably Atlanta's best pitcher in 2013. His shoulder tightness puts a halt to that for now. Stay tuned.

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Braves | Mike Minor visiting Dr. Andrews

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:35:31 -0800

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) will have his shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews early next week, according to the team. An exact date has not been set, though.

Fantasy Tip: Until there is an official word on the severity of the complications Minor is dealing with, it is impossible to view him as anything more than a late-round flier in mixed drafts. There is upside for a bounce-back campaign, but he has to be healthy. Continue to check back for updates.

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Braves | Mike Minor to see specialist

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:06:10 -0800

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) will be shut down indefinitely and will visit with a specialist in the next few days, according president of baseball operations John Hart. The team is taking a proactive approach, and they're hoping it's not a season-ending injury. Hart also said Minor might have another MRI exam on his shoulder. SPs Eric Stults, Wandy Rodriguez, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos are competing for the fifth rotation spot, but if Minor isn't ready to start the season, the Braves could go with two of those pitchers in the rotation.

Fantasy Tip: The Braves are definitely hoping this injury is minor. But after Minor's frustrating 2014 season in which he dealt with plenty of shoulder woes, this can't be a good sign early in spring. Minor was considered a sleeper candidate before this news after being just a year removed from a 13-9 season in which he posted an ERA of 3.21 and a K/9 of 8.0 in 32 starts. Minor might still be worth a late-round stab in mixed leagues, but definitely keep an eye on the results of his shoulder tests.

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Braves | Mike Minor will miss start

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:59:02 -0800

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) will not start Sunday, March 8, because of left shoulder tightness, the team announced.

Fantasy Tip: Minor is a just a year removed from a 13-win, 181-strikeout season with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, but he battled shoulder issues throughout the 2014 season. Missing the start isn't shocking news, though, as the Braves are likely being cautious. Make sure to check back for updates on Minor's progression through the spring. He remains a solid late-round option in drafts, as a likely bounce-back candidate this season, if there aren't further setbacks during camp.

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Braves | Mike Minor completely healthy

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:31:13 -0800

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) said he's completely healthy this year after dealing with recurring left shoulder problems in a 2014 season that saw him go a career-worst 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA in 25 starts. "I started earlier, just to make sure everything was good," Minor said. "I started around Dec. 5 maybe. I usually wait till around Christmas time, but I wanted a couple of weeks to kind of ease into it and make sure everything was good."

Fantasy Tip: Minor's 2014 was a far cry from his spectacular 2013 season in which he went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts. Expect Minor to bounce back this year, assuming his shoulder doesn't give him anymore problems. That makes him a nice sleeper pick in the late rounds to fill out your pitching staff.

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