Mike Minor apparently isn’t superstitious. Rolling along in June after a rough May, Minor didn’t flinch when asked how he’s feeling about his new mustache.
I think I might take it off, the veteran left-hander said, adding that he’s getting tired of the new look.
Yeah, just because they haven’t been very good this year, Minor quipped when told of Banister’s comment.
Minor faced the minimum number of batters through five innings despite a first-inning single by Brian Dozier to deep left. Dozier tried to stretch for second, but Joey Gallo had a good jump and easily threw him out to end the inning. Minor retired his next 12 batters before Max Kepler doubled in the sixth.
He was good, especially early, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. He didn’t have to throw a lot of pitches, got some first-pitch outs leading off innings, which kind of hampers the next guy up.
Acuna has been dealing with a mild ACL sprain in his left knee suffered while running through first base on a grounder at Fenway Park on May 27.
The 20-year-old slowly has been working his way back to the big league club. He was slated to play five innings for Gwinnett on Friday but left after three due to wet field conditions in Georgia. He grounded out and flied out in his two at-bats.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said Acuna will remain with Gwinnett through the weekend, meaning he won’t be activated from the 10-day disabled list before Monday.
Results won’t have anything to do with [when he’s activated], Snitker told reporters. It’s all about health — how he feels running the bases, coming out of the box and things like that. At this point, he doesn’t need to get results. If he’s healthy and getting at-bats, that’s all I’m worried about.
Speaking before Friday’s Gwinnett game, Acuna said he’s thankful the injury has mended as quickly as it has; initial fears were that he had more significant knee and back injuries.