The Braves have decided to skip Mike Minor’s next turn in the rotation. The team didn’t announce that anything was wrong with Minor, and instead said that they wanted to give him some extra rest. It sounds like it could be a bit of a dead arm issue to me, and Minor should be fine with the extra rest. This comes on the heels of two bad outings for Minor, including his last start where he didn’t even make it out of the second inning, which was the shortest start of his major league career. Minor is slated to make his next start for the opener of the Cleveland series in Atlanta a week from today.
The Braves will activate Paul Maholm off of the DL to make Minor’s start in St. Louis on Thursday. Maholm said he felt fine after his rehab outing this past weekend and was ready to go.
At this time, I’m not sure what the corresponding move will be to activate Maholm, but I imagine it will probably just be someone getting sent down since the rosters expand a little more than a week later, anyway. There is also the possibility of the always exciting “phantom” DL stint for someone, too. We will keep you posted as soon as we know something, but for now, it looks like the Braves will do some kind of weird 6-man rotation for the foreseeable future.