“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.