Lefty Jonny Venters returned from his rehab assignment to replace Minter, who had walked nine and struck out 16 in 11 innings.
Minter figured heavily into the Braves’ bullpen plans, but he hasn’t been the same since shoulder soreness deteriorated his spring.
In his first full season, Minter owned a 3.23 ERA and struck out 69 over 65 appearances. The southpaw notched 15 saves.
“We need him,” Snitker said. “We need him to be a big part of what we’re trying to do here. A.J. is too important to us. It wasn’t going to happen here. You can’t simulate situations here. He can go down there now, relax and work on his mechanics and get his stuff back going again.”