Minor returns to the rotation Friday Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Minor Update–Throw one More Mike

The Braves decided Tuesday to have Mike Minor make one more rehab start this Friday in Pensacola, Fla. with Double-A Mississippi. Minor says he’s fine and has been saying that for two weeks. He told the AJC, “It’s their final decision but I feel good,” Minor said. “That’s what I told them, but I guess they’re on the side of safety and precaution and making sure I’m OK.”  That doesn’t sound like he thrilled about the idea to me.

Going into Tuesday night (and afterwards too) the Braves have a rotation that’s perking along as the best in the majors..

Team Starter ERA WHIP RA/G QS%
Braves 1.52 1.03 2.68 84%
Cardinals 2.33 1.16 3.25 60%
Brewers 2.71 1.14 3.30 75%

Their bullpen however hasn’t been as solid as in past years.

Bullpen 4.44 1.380 2.68 78% 26%
Rank 21st 19th 1st Tied 7th 14th

We saw Craig Kimbrel have a bad outing Saturday after not pitching for a week then blow a save badly last night. But he isn’t the only one having issues. David Carpenter has been inconsistent and Luis Avilan had a meltdown inning as well.  Ian Thomas has been solid but prior to his three innings against the Mets Sunday, Gus Schlosser had some trouble as witnessed by his 1.583 WHIP after that solid outing. The extra time will allow the Braves time to decide whether they keep David Hale in the bullpen as a long man and send Schlosser down or allow Hale to continue as a starter at Gwinnett and do something else with the pen. For his part Hale told the Skipper he’d do whatever was best for the team. Another theory says that pushing Minor back a week causes less disruption in the rotation; one one  man gets pushed back instead of three. Okay I guess . . .

Braves Make A Trade. . . a small one

The Braves traded infielder Tyler Greene to the Padres on Tuesday for the infamous PTBNL. Greene signed with the Braves this off season after being released last August by the White Sox. The once highly regarded prospect never really found a home in the big leagues putting up .224/.289/.356 lash in 746 PA in six seasons. He’d appeared in 12 games mostly at SS for Gwinnett this season posting a .20/.195/.375/.570 line. That spot will probably go to Seam Kazmar who’s been tearing the up pitching so far this year. Speaking of Gwinnett, here’s a quick rundown of who’s hot in AAA.

Jose Constanza* 74 62 0 7 6 0 10 8 .290 .384 .371 .755
Todd Cunningham# 74 65 1 12 3 2 5 10 .277 .333 .385 .718
Philip Gosselin 54 47 0 5 1 0 5 5 .404 .462 .489 .951
Sean Kazmar 21 16 0 3 0 0 3 1 .375 .450 .563 1.013
Tommy La Stella* 64 52 0 9 0 0 9 3 .346 .422 .385 .806
Ernesto Mejia 75 66 7 22 0 0 7 19 .379 .453 .758 1.211
Joey Terdoslavich# 66 59 1 5 0 1 6 15 .237 .318 .373 .691

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/22/2014.

That’s A Wrap

Chris opined that Minor might upset the rotation while it’s on a roll. That sort of lines up with the “less disruption”  spin that Chip, Joe and Tom dutifully put forward during the game but I think that’s unlikely.  Pitching Friday night will put him in line to start against the Marlins in Miami next Thursday. I expect the fish to get fried that night. At Gwinnett the shocking numbers are in Gosselin and Terdoslavich’s  stat lines.  Seeing LaStella and Mejia hitting well isn’t a shock but Gosselin has never had numbers like this and Joey’s OPS is usually over .800 at AAA. The season’s young however and these things will sort themselves out in time. Ryan wrote  that he expects to see LaStella soon. I don’t expect that. I am not against it but I don’t expect it before mid year at the earliest.

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