Minor, Upton not likely to return before May

Minor has not thrown in 2 ½ weeks with inflammation in the rotator cuff of his pitching shoulder. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the left-hander was expected to begin throwing soon, but that it would initially be light throwing from about 60 feet, with a steady progression required to get him back to where he was before he was shut down.

Upton has been out nearly four weeks with sesamoiditis, or inflammation in a bone behind the ball of his left foot. He will likely be in a protective walking boot for another couple of weeks and then would have to re-strengthen his legs, work back up to playing condition and complete a minor league rehab assignment before he could rejoin the Braves.

Peterson update: Second baseman Jace Peterson was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game after having the fingernail removed from his right pinky, which got stepped on last week on a play at second.

Peterson drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and Gonzalez said the hot-hitting rookie would be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies. Before Monday he ranked fifth in the Grapefruit League with a .442 OBP.

The Braves are off Wednesday, their only scheduled day off during spring training.

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