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Minor takes step in recovery by getting 4 outs in Braves' 13-4 loss to Future Stars

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor delivers during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the team's minor league Future Stars Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Rome, Ga. (AP Photo/David Tulis) (The Associated Press)

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    Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox watches from the dugout as he manages the minor league Future Stars against the Atlanta Braves in an exhibition baseball game Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Rome, Ga. (AP Photo/David Tulis) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Braves pitcher Craig Kimbrell, right, talks to catcher Evan Gattis during the fourth inning of their exhibition baseball game against the team's minor league Future Stars Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Rome, Ga. (AP Photo/David Tulis) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen wears an elbow brace on his right arm after season-ending Tommy John surgery as he waits during a rain delay in their exhibition baseball game against the team's minor league Future Stars Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Rome, Ga. (AP Photo/David Tulis) (The Associated Press)

Mike Minor retired all four batters he faced in his first game this spring, and the Atlanta Braves lost 13-4 to the Braves Future Stars in an exhibition game Saturday.

Minor will open the season on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from tendinitis in his left shoulder. He said he felt good in his rain-shortened start against Atlanta prospects.

The Braves need a healthy Minor after losing starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending elbow injuries.

General manager Frank Wren announced Saturday that reliever Cory Gearrin has a "significant" ligament injury in his right elbow. Wren said Gearrin will see Dr. James Andrews next week for a second opinion.

Former Braves manager Bobby Cox managed the Future Stars.