Left-handed pitcher Mike Minor returned to Kansas City on Tuesday after experiencing some mild rotator cuff fatigue during a rehab assignment at Class AAA Omaha.
Royals manager Ned Yost stressed the issue was not serious — and not necessarily a setback — but club officials wished to have head trainer Nick Kenney evaluate Minor as the Omaha Storm Chasers opened a four-game series at Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
Minor, a former starter for the Atlanta Braves, is returning from a torn labrum in his shoulder, which required surgery last May. He signed a two-year deal with the Royals in February. He began the season in extended spring training before starting a rehab stint in early May.
He allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings on Monday in a 12-0 loss to El Paso, the Class AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres. He has posted a 9.20 ERA with 14 strikeouts and six walks in 14 2/3 innings for Omaha. His WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) is 1.84.
“We brought him back for Nick to look at,” Yost said. “It’s nothing serious; he’s just trying to get back into the swing of things.”
Minor opened his rehab assignment on May 10. He can remain on an assignment for 30 days, meaning the Royals must make a roster decision on him before June 9.
Yost also said right-hander Kris Medlen is nearing a possible rehab assignment. Medlen went on the disabled list on May 12 — retro-active to May 11 — after experiencing inflammation in his right rotator cuff.
Mike Moustakas to get second opinion on knee
Third baseman Mike Moustakas is slated to receive a second opinion on a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Moustakas left Kansas City early this week and will meet with renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews on Wednesday in Pensacola, Fla.
The Royals view the opinion as mere formality. Moustakas is expected to undergo season-ending surgery in the coming weeks. He is expected to be healthy for the start of spring training in 2017.