On-the-mend Braves pitcher Mike Minor will return to the Magnolia State tonight to make a rehab start for the AA-Affiliate Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park in Pearl, where he got his start two years ago.
On-the-mend Braves pitcher Mike Minor will return to the Magnolia State tonight to make a rehab start for the AA-Affiliate Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park in Pearl, where he got his start two years ago.
PEARL - Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Mike Minor is scheduled to make a rehab start with the Mississippi Braves on opening night, Thursday, April 3 at Trustmark Park. Minor will begin the 2014 season on Atlanta's 15-day disabled list with left shoulder tendonitis.

The 26-year-old southpaw's spring work was delayed after he underwent a urinary-tract procedure on Dec. 31 and was not able to complete early work in January. The Braves slowed Minor's spring schedule after he felt left shoulder soreness early in camp.

Minor made his first start of the spring against the Braves Future Stars in the Atlanta Braves Exhibition Game at Low-A Rome Saturday, March 29.

He was scheduled to toss two innings, but rain cut the outing short with one out in the second. Minor recorded three ground outs and one fly out, tossing 11 of 14 pitches for strikes.

If all goes as planned, Minor is expected to make several rehab appearances in the minor leagues in hopes of returning to Atlanta in late April. 

A native of Chapel Hill, Tenn., Minor ranks fourth in the majors with a 2.90 ERA since the 2012 All-Star break (40 start minimum). During that span, Minor is 19-13 in 46 starts. He led the A-Braves in innings pitched in 2013 (204.2 IP) and 2012 (179.1 IP), and he also ranked eighth in the National League with a 3.93 strikeout-to-walk ratio last season.

Minor, a first round draft pick by the Braves in 2009, made his major league debut on August 9, 2010.

He started the 2010 season at Double-A Mississippi (2-6, 4.03), striking out 109 batters in 87.0 innings pitched before moving up to Triple-A Gwinnett ( 4-1, 1.89) and on to Atlanta (3-2, 5.98).

The Mississippi Braves open the 2014 season Thursday, April 3 with game one of a five-game series against the Mobile BayBears. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Opening night giveaways include Magnetic Schedules (first 5,000), Foam Tomahawks (first 2,500) and 10th Anniversary Baseballs (first 1,000) all sponsored by the Mississippi Army National Guard.

It's also Thirsty Thursday followed by an Opening Night Fireworks Show after the game.