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Braves Prospect Mike Minor To Make MLB Debut Monday; Kenshin Kawakami Demoted

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Braves starter Mike Minor at this year's All-Star Futures Game.
Braves starter Mike Minor at this year's All-Star Futures Game.

After almost 18 hours of speculation since Kris Medlen left Wednesday night's game with an apparent elbow injury, the Braves have announced that Mike Minor will take his spot in the Atlanta rotation. Minor was the Braves first round draft pick last year, the seventh overall pick in the draft.

As part of these moves, deposed started Kenshin Kawakami will be optioned to triple-A Gwinnett to build up arm strength after a month of not pitching. He may be called on if Minor does not perform well. The Braves plan is for KK to make at least four starts at Gwinnett.

It was also announced the Kris Medlen has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The Braves plan to wait a could of weeks to see how the elbow responds before determining if surgery will be needed.