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Braves pitcher Mike Minor underwent procedure where scar tissue was removed from his urethra


Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Minor apparently will have his spring training debut delayed by a week or two at least due to a urinary tract procedure he underwent in late December that led to shoulder soreness after the surgery prevented him from working out in in January.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the cringe-inducing inside scoop on the symptoms, the subsequent surgery and its aftermath:

Minor, 26, had a cystoscopy performed Dec. 31 by a specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after having difficulty urinating for the past two years. He had visited multiple urologists and other specialists in that period, and none could figure out what was causing the problem.

It worsened to the point where he had to go to the emergency room, and a specialist at Vanderbilt said he had scar tissue built up inside his urethra that would have to be removed via the cystoscopy. He was told there was a 50 percent chance that it could return at some point, and that it was impossible to predict when.

Yeesh. Nothing sounds “Minor” about that, am I right? Hey-ohh!!!

Minor, who probably would have preferred that not as much information had gotten out about his very delicate and uncomfortable-sounding procedure, insists he’ll be good to go soon enough.

“I think I’ll be ready,” said Minor about being ready, either within two weeks or for his regular season debut in April. “Either way, I’m going to be fine.”

That’s good to hear, although it’s a shame the poor guy had to go through so much to get to that point. Yamma hamma.

[H/T Deadspin]