The Atlanta Braves announced Tuesday that pitcher Mike Minor will make his first start of the 2014 season when the team returns to Turner Field Friday to play the San Francisco Giants.
Minor missed the first month of the season after going on the disabled list on March 21 with left shoulder tendinitis.
When he returns to the rotation, 26-year-old David Hale will likely transition to the bullpen, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
When Minor returns on Friday, Hale is expected to go to the pen.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 29, 2014
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Hale was 1-0 in four starts this season, and had only given up six earned runs and 18 hits in those four starts. He has a 2.31 ERA and in his last start, an April 26 masterpiece where he threw eight innings and gave up just two hits, was one walk away from pitching seven perfect innings, after allowing two hits and one run in the first frame.
In four seasons with Atlanta, the 26-year-old Minor is 32-24 with a 3.90 ERA. He enjoyed his best season to date last year when he went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA with 181 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings.