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Mike Minor made his first spring appearance Saturday

Mar 30, 2014, 12:33 PM EST

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The Braves finally got a dose of favorable injury news on Saturday afternoon when left-handed starter Mike Minor made a one-plus inning appearance in the organization’s “Future Stars” game. Minor was expected to pitch longer, but his day was cut short by a 24-minute rain delay in the top of the second.

It was his first time throwing in a live game since the end of 2013. He had surgery in December to repair scarring in his urethra and came down with shoulder soreness near the beginning of spring camp.

“It felt good to actually play in a game without the L-screen,” Minor told MLB.com. “It felt good. … The game atmosphere of everything rolling, umpires and guys behind me playing defense, it felt good.”

The 26-year-old posted an excellent 3.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 181/46 K/BB ratio across 204 2/3 innings last season for the Braves. He is expected to join Atlanta’s starting rotation by the end of April.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Minor was likely pitching to minors, so his results should have been OK.

    • renaado - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Thank goodness… I’m really hoping Minor will make it at the Rotation soon.

  2. Walk - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    It was nice to get some good news this spring.

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