Minor looks good during live batting practice

Royals lefty could go on rehab assignment following simulated game

Minor looks good during live batting practice

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Mike Minor threw a live batting practice session prior to Tuesday's game against the Indians at Kauffman Stadium.

Minor, who experienced a setback (shoulder fatigue) while on a rehab assignment in May, threw two 18-pitch sessions.

"He looked really good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I saw all I needed to see."

Yost said it is possible that Minor, signed to a two-year deal last offseason after missing 2015 with labrum surgery, could go out on rehab within a week or so after he completes a simulated game.

"That's what we're trying to determine, to see if he's ready to go back out," Yost said. "He sure looked good enough to me. We'll meet with [trainer] Nick [Kenney] here soon to determine that."

Minor gave the sessions a so-so grade.

"Everything was working, but it was kind of inconsistent," Minor said. "I feel like everything needs to be worked on. The most feel I have right now is with a changeup. It was my third live BP so I can't expect to be lights out.

"The next step is going to be a sim game. Then rehab assignment."

It's Go Time
Yost said the next two weeks leading up to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline are very important to project the team's fortunes for 2016.

"It's 'Go Time' to me," Yost said. "It's like mid-September. It's time to get moving as we get [near the Deadline]."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.