Minor’s next start is Aug. 17

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.

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August 10th, 2010
9:33 pm

Who cares about Minor, what’s the deal with Kawakami?


August 10th, 2010
9:33 pm

He reminds me of Steve Avery. Attacks the strike zone and goes after the hitters. I was really impressed and his stat line did not due him justice. That was a great debut for a 22 yr old.


August 10th, 2010
9:44 pm

I was very impressed with Minor. Should have won the game..I see a little Avery in him as well.I say put the kid in the rotation and let him see what he can do for the rest of the season


August 10th, 2010
10:02 pm

JJ pitched tonight, not Hanson.

I’m glad to see them skip over Minor. He did good against the Astros, but we need to bring our top guns to the Dodgers series.


August 11th, 2010
1:50 am

You better hope he is nothing like Steve Avery who had a ton of potential but only one really good season.


August 11th, 2010
1:54 am

Sorry he had 2 good years 1991 and 1993


August 11th, 2010
9:59 am

@baller from mlb.com:

ATLANTA — Kenshin Kawakami allowed one earned run and five hits while working 2 2/3 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett during Saturday night’s win at Lehigh Valley.
Making the first of what will be at least four starts for Gwinnett, Kawakami threw 25 of his 43 pitches for strikes, recorded one strikeout and issued a walk. The 34-year-old right-hander’s fastball topped out at 90 mph


August 11th, 2010
11:18 am

Good call, no need to wear out his arm

anthony obrien

August 13th, 2010
4:47 pm

KK had another sub par outing at Gwinnett on thursday… only a matter of time b4 hes gone

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