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Minor strikes out 5 in Double-A rehab start

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm •  Published: April 3, 2014
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PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Minor says his shoulder felt good after throwing two innings in a rehab assignment at Double-A Mississippi on Thursday.

He's confident better results are coming.

Minor struck out five, but also gave up three runs and four hits, including a home run.

"Honestly, I didn't really care as much about the outcome as long as I felt good," Minor said. "I know I can make some changes and my location will be better. I looked at this as more of a spring training outing because I'm so far behind."

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Minor struck out the first two batters he faced, but then gave up four straight hits, including the opposite-field homer. He struck out the side in the second.

Minor said he had good velocity on his pitches — and Trustmark Park's radar gun consistently clocked his fastball in the low 90s — but he had trouble locating the ball within the strike zone. He threw 39 pitches, including 26 strikes.

"He'd call it outside and I'd throw it inside," Minor said. "He'd call a changeup and I was trying to manipulate it too much, so it would be too straight and not have enough action. My curve was side to side, it needs to be more up and down.

"It sounds like a lot, but it's really not. It's just pinpointing everything on the mechanical side and getting those things ironed out in my bullpens."

Minor had a 13-9 record and a 3.21 ERA last season. He had urinary tract surgery on Dec. 31, which delayed his preparation for the season, and then developed shoulder tendinitis during spring training.

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