Minor looks good during live batting practice

Royals lefty could go on rehab assignment following simulated game

July 19th, 2016
Royals lefty Mike Minor isn't expected to contribute on the Major League level this season. (Getty)

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander threw a live batting practice session prior to Tuesday's game against the Indians at Kauffman Stadium.

Minor, who experienced a setback (shoulder fatigue) while on a rehab assignment in May, threw two 18-pitch sessions.

"He looked really good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I saw all I needed to see."

Yost said it is possible that Minor, signed to a two-year deal last offseason after missing 2015 with labrum surgery, could go out on rehab within a week or so after he completes a simulated game.

"That's what we're trying to determine, to see if he's ready to go back out," Yost said. "He sure looked good enough to me. We'll meet with [trainer] Nick [Kenney] here soon to determine that."

Minor gave the sessions a so-so grade.

"Everything was working, but it was kind of inconsistent," Minor said. "I feel like everything needs to be worked on. The most feel I have right now is with a changeup. It was my third live BP so I can't expect to be lights out.

"The next step is going to be a sim game. Then rehab assignment."

It's Go Time

Yost said the next two weeks leading up to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline are very important to project the team's fortunes for 2016.

"It's 'Go Time' to me," Yost said. "It's like mid-September. It's time to get moving as we get [near the Deadline]."