Found March 29, 2014 on Sports Injury Alert:
One of the Atlanta Braves' pitchers is on the mend. Mike Minor (LHP) will make his first start of the spring in an exhibition game against the Cubs at Chase field today, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Minor is one of four injured Braves pitchers expected to return to action soon—the others are Gavin Floyd, Jonny Venters, and Luis Vasquez—while starters Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen will miss the entire season with Tommy John surgery. Minor, along with Floyd and Venters, is on the 15-day DL as of March 21. They will likely be joined by reliever Cory Gearrin, who was diagnosed with an elbow strain after Tuesday's game.   Minor, 24, fell behind in his preparation due to recovery from December surgery on his urethra and was further delayed by left shoulder soreness. He is expected to join the rotation in late April or early May.Photo by Kaotate via Wiki Commons (cropped)Mike Minor was part of an excellent starting rotation in 2013—a rotation...

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Rome, Ga. -- Braves right-hander David Hale pitched a simulated game on Saturday while most of his big league teammates competed against the organization's Future Stars in Rome, and he missed an important bit of news in his absence. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez set his Opening Day roster and Hale was named the team's fourth starter, edging minor league arm Gus Schlosser...

UPDATE: Braves' Mike Minor (shoulder) encouraged with his start today

One of the Atlanta Braves' pitchers is on the mend. Mike Minor (LHP) will make his first start of the spring in an exhibition game against the Cubs at Chase field today, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Minor is one of four injured Braves pitchers expected to return to action soon—the others are Gavin Floyd, Jonny Venters, and Luis...

Mike Minor made his first spring appearance Saturday

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...

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Braves Reliever Gearrin Goes Down With Injury

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Braves reliever Cory Gearrin might need Tommy John surgery

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Braves name David Hale their fourth starter

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