HOUSTON — After pitching six impressive innings Monday in his major league debut, Braves left-hander Mike Minor will make his next start on Aug. 17 against the Washington Nationals.
Cox announced the plan on Tuesday, saying Minor would get a few extra days of rest because of the off day in the schedule Thursday. The 22-year-old left-hander was charged with five hits, four runs (three earned) and one walk with five strikeouts in Monday’s 10-4 loss.
The Braves want to be careful with Minor to make sure he gets rest and doesn’t pitch too many innings in first full season. He was a first-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt in June 2009.
Minor had a 4-3 lead until Alex Gonzalez’s sixth-inning error let in the tying run. The Astros scored six runs in a sloppy seventh against relievers Kyle Farnsworth and Peter Moylan.
Cox plays to start Tim Hudson Friday in the opener of a four-game series against the Dodgers, followed by Derek Lowe on Saturday, Jair Jurrjens Sunday and Tommy Hanson on Monday. Hanson pitched Tuesday night against Houston.