Aug 1, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) sits in the dugout during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Minor to be skipped in Atlanta Braves rotation

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Mike Minor is struggling right now, and after an extended period of woe, Fredi Gonzalez and the Atlanta Braves have decided to try a method of reinvigorating their still-young left-hander. Minor will be skipped during the next turn of the rotation for the Braves, and as a result, his next start will not come until August 12th against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 26-year-old was, once again, hammered during a blowout loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday night, but that was simply the latest in what has been a rough campaign for Minor. In 17 starts and 98 innings (which is a problem in and of itself), Minor has posted a 5.42 ERA, and while the peripherals indicate that he has been quite unlucky (3.76 xFIP, .354 BABIP, 15.9% HR/FB rate), there is no doubt that Minor hasn’t been pitching well in recent days.

Because of off days, the Braves will not be forced to use a spot starter or anything of the sort, and that makes this an opportune time to give Minor a mental break. Much will be made about his next start, but with a pitcher that exhibits the pedigree of Mike Minor, patience is optimal in this spot, and hopefully, this break to snap him out of the recent funk.

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