To make room for Minor on the active roster, it’s likely the Braves will option one of the extra relievers they’ve carried while using a four-man rotation the past week.
Minor, a former Rome Brave and a star at Vanderbilt, also is scheduled to start against San Diego on May 31, when the Braves will need a fifth starter again after a slew of off-days.
Minor was optioned to Gwinnett on April 8. He’s 2-2 with a 2.56 ERA in eight starts in the minors this year.
Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez announced before Sunday’s rubber match against the Angels that Hudson would miss his next scheduled start on Wednesday in Pittsburgh because of a stiff back.
Hudson flew back to Atlanta on Sunday, and Gonzalez said he’d be examined by team doctors on Monday as a precautionary measure.
Following Hudson’s start on Friday, in which he gave up eight runs in 3 2-3 innings, Gonzalez said Hudson was hampered by back stiffness.
At the time, both Hudson and Gonzalez gave no indication that a start was in jeopardy.
But on Sunday, the Braves decided to take a more cautious approach.
“We want to make sure he calms down — the stiffness and stuff like that,” said Gonzalez, who also indicated Hudson was not suffering from back spasms.
A trip to the disabled list for Hudson appears unlikely. He’s scheduled to pitch again May 30 against San Diego.
Hudson has gone 0-2 with a 7.47 ERA in his last three starts since tossing a one-hit shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 4.
In other Braves’ news:
McLouth put on DL, Schafer returns
The number of players on the disabled list for Atlanta has been expanding in recent days, and Nate McLouth became the latest to join the list on Monday.
McLouth was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
He was replaced on the roster by former Rome Brave Jordan Schafer, who is expected to join the team tonight in Pittsburgh.