With the three-day layoff from Hurricane Irene and Monday’s scheduled off day, the Braves Mike Minor will have a 10-day break between starts when he returns to the mound Saturday against the Dodgers. As the fifth starter, he’s getting the longest layoff between starts.
The Braves considered sending Minor to the minor leagues for one tune-up start, but the Braves’ only minor league affiliate whose season ended in time to get Minor back on the major league roster by Saturday without the 10-day holdover was the rookie league Danville team. And the Braves couldn’t send Minor there by virtue of his accumulated service time.
So Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Minor would be available in the bullpen Tuesday and Wednesday nights against the Nationals and might get some work in there.
Brandon Beachy will be pitching on seven days’ rest when he faces the Dodgers on Friday. He plans to throw an extra bullpen between starts but said it won’t be an issue.
Beachy has thrown 114 1/3 innings this season, still under the 134 1/3 innings he threw last year in both the minors and majors. The Braves wanted to monitor Beachy’s innings this year, since he is so new to pitching – this is only his third full season on the mound. But Beachy said missing five weeks with an oblique injury might have saved them the trouble.
“I think that kind of took care of that, at least in my mind, hopefully in theirs too,” Beachy said. “I’m good.”