Thursday March 5th, 2015

Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Minor will have his shoulder evaluated by Dr. James Andrews "early next week,"'s Mark Bowman reports.

On Wednesday, Minor was scratched from his Sunday start against the Houston Astros due to tightness in his left shoulder

Andrews is an orthopedic surgeon who also serves as the team doctor for the Washington Redskins, Auburn and Alabama.

President of baseball operations John Hart said earlier in the week that Minor felt tightness after throwing bullpen and batting practice sessions, but felt good prior to that and had been throwing well.

[daily_cut.Atlanta Braves]Bowman reported Wednesday that Minor likely will not be ready to start the season, as the Braves want to ensure Minor is healthy after he missed the first month of last season following urinary tract surgery.

Minor went 6-12 in 2014 with an ERA of 4.77 in 145 1/3 innings and 25 starts. In 2013, Minor made 32 starts and went 13-9, posting a 3.21 ERA in 204 2/3 innings.

Minor, 27, has been in line to fill the Braves' fourth rotation spot. Last month, he won his arbitration hearing against the Braves and will be paid $5.6 million this season.

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