Minor will make Major League debut Monday
Mike Minor will make his Major League debut Monday night in Houston. Braves general manager Frank Wren confirmed Thursday afternoon that Minor will fill rotation spot vacated by Kris Medlen.
An MRI exam performed Thursday revealed that Medlen has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Following standard protocol, the Braves will monitor him for a few weeks before determining whether he will need to undergo the Tommy John ligament transplant surgical process that would sideline him for close to a calendar year.
Wren also revealed that Kenshin Kawakami has agreed to spend the next few weeks with Triple-A Gwinnett. Kawakami will be attempting to rebuild the endurance he’s lost while pitching just one inning since losing his rotation spot after his June 26 win over the Tigers.
Minor will pitch two innings for Gwinnett during tonight’s game at Lehigh Valley. The 21-year-old, who was the seventh overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has gone 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA in the five starts he’s made since being promoted to Gwinnett.