Just about four months removed from a season that never really got off the ground thanks in large part to a nagging shoulder injury, the southpaw’s left shoulder is acting up again. Minor was scratched from Sunday’s spring training start with shoulder tightness. The team’s press release called it a precautionary measure, but Braves president of baseball operations John Hart pulled no punches: this could potentially be more than a one-week issue.
"I don’t think any of us are envisioning this is a season-ending thing, but it does throw up a red flag," Hart told reporters. "Obviously, if you miss some time, it’s going to set you back and you might not be ready to start (the season)."
Minor did not enjoy a full spring of preparation last season and it sounds the team is preparing for a repeat in 2015. The 27-year-old will undergo to ensure there is no structural damage. The franchise’s obvious hope is for this to be a temporary setback and for Minor to be fully healthy and return to his 2013 form.
So what is the level for concern following Minor’s latest shoulder issue? Zach Dillard and Jay Clemons discuss possible scenarios and more on the latest Chopcast: