A.J. Minter healthy, available in Braves bullpen

A.J. Minter was born Alex Jordan Minter on Sept. 2, 1993 in Tyler, Texas. Tyler, Texas is the home of college football and NFL superstar Earl Campbell. The Braves drafted Minter in the second round of the 2015 draft (75th overall). Minter played college baseball at Texas A&M. Minter made his major league debut Aug. 23, 2017 against Seattle. He pitched one inning and allowed no hits or walks, and he struck out two. In the 2017 season, Minter made 16 appearances. He struck out at least one batter in 14 of t

A.J. Minter said he’s ready to go.

The Braves closer threw 12 to 15 pitches Wednesday afternoon and afterward declared himself available for game action. The lefty had been sidelined with back tightness for the last few days.

Manager Brian Snitker would prefer to give Minter one more day, and he likely will be afforded that luxury with everyone in his bullpen available. Kevin Gausman eating eight innings Tuesday was a fortunate turn of events.

“If we need him, he’s available,” Snitker said. “He threw a really good side. Everything’s feeling really good.”

It’s a positive development for the Braves, who already have been without previous closer Arodys Vizcaino. They didn’t anticipate Minter would need time on the disabled list, though there always was a chance depending on his recovery’s progression.

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