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Should Mike Minor Stay in Minors?

Should Atlanta Braves starter Mike Minor stay in the minors?  A friend of mine texted me yesterday and strongly suggested that David Hale should not be sent down to the minors or to the bullpen.  At first I thought he was crazy, but then I thought some more.

Hale was outstanding yesterday, giving up only one run on two hits in eight strong innings against a very good Cincinnati Reds team.  Hale’s ERA for the season is an excellent, 2.31.

When I asked my buddy who the Braves should send down, he simply texted back, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

You know, he’ has a point.  The Braves have five starters who are pitching outstanding baseball, the best starting rotation so far in the major leagues.  The Braves lead the NL East by three games over the Nationals and have the second best record in baseball.

So why change anything now?  Why not just leave Minor in the minor leagues and let him continue to stay warm, loose and ready?

The Braves are already playing two players (B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla) only because they have big contracts.  If they didn’t have the big contracts, they’d be platoon players aT best.  Should Minor be given a position just because he was good in the past, even though the players who have taken his place have been tremendous?

I’m not sure what the Braves are going to do, but there certainly is no need to rush Mike Minor back before he is absolutely 100% ready.  Don’t be surprised if he makes a couple more starts in the minors due to convoluted reasons.