A.J. Minter rejoins 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

The Braves reactivated A.J. Minter from the injured list Thursday, adding much-needed assistance to the late innings.

Minter is past the shoulder soreness that interfered with his spring. He threw in four minor league games in Florida and was available the day of his return. Manager Brian Snitker said he Minter would pitch in the ninth inning if the Braves held a lead.

Minter didn’t pitch any back-to-backs during his rehab, but he said the ball came out well, and his velocity was where it needed to be.

“For me to only miss a week, I’m pretty happy with it,” Minter said. “You want to listen to your body and make sure you are healthy. You don’t want to rush it. Me last year, me two years ago, I would’ve rushed things. I would’ve tried to push through it. I’m a competitor. I don’t want to be off the field. But I know this year, I miss a week, so what? We have a long year, an important year, and I want to be part of it.”

Minter and Arodys Vizcaino will split closer duties, depending on the matchups. Minter, 25, pitched in 65 games last season, posting a 3.23 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 61-1/3 innings. He registered 15 saves in his first full season.

“We missed him a lot,” Snitker said. “It’s good to have him back and get him in the mix.”

Rookie Bryse Wilson was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Minter on the active roster.

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