KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Atlanta Braves starter Mike Minor was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after experiencing tightness in his left shoulder.
Minor, who went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA for the Braves last season, missed most of the 2014 spring training with a groin injury but came back to start 25 games.
Braves general manager John Hart said that the team is trying to be proactive and not rush anything early in the spring.
"It kind of came from out of the blue," Hart said. "Last year he started when he might not have been ready. Where it goes from here, I'm not real sure."
Hart said Minor entered camp in shape and was throwing well before reporting the discomfort.
METS 8, BRAVES 2: Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4 for 4 and scored a run, leading New York to a victory over Atlanta on Wednesday.
Dillon Gee started for the Mets in their spring opener and allowed two runs in two innings. He also walked two.
Wandy Rodriguez, who came to camp looking for a spot in the Atlanta rotation, allowed run and walked two in one inning.
Rodriguez's chances improved when Braves General Manager John Hart said after the game that Minor is out indefinitely with tightness in his left shoulder.
Braves newcomers Jonny Gomes and A.J. Pierzynski both had RBIs in their debuts with Atlanta.
Mets: Manager Terry Collins said he wasn't making any predictions on Gee after two innings in early March. "He had a good day and he settled down," Collins said. "He's had it up to here with the trade talk and he stepped up today."
Braves: Rodriguez was winless last year in Pittsburgh. He has a 91-94 with a 4.06 ERA in 248 starts and 10 relief appearances with Houston and Pittsburgh.
Braves: General Manager John Hart said the team is simply trying to be proactive. Minor missed most of last spring training with a groin injury and struggled to a 6-12 season.
Mets: Bartolo Colon will make his spring debut on Thursday against the Washington Nationals. He'll be followed by Gabriel Ynoa, Cory Mazzoni and Josh Edgin.
Braves: Braves ace Julio Teheran will start for the Braves when they visit the Detroit Tigers.
SPEED TO KILL
Eric Young, Jr., batted only .229 in 100 games for the Mets last season, but he walked twice and scored a run in three plate appearances as the Braves' leadoff hitter. He's competing for one of the openings in the Braves outfield. With incumbent center fielder Melvin Upton out indefinitely with a leg injury, Young is hoping to use his speed to make a big impression with the Braves.
"I'm just trying to compete," Young said. "I don't have first-year jitters anymore and I am a lot more comfortable with myself."