Swanson sits, but says back is non-issue

Braves exercising caution; prospect Minter feels fine after playing catch

Swanson sits, but says back is non-issue

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Dansby Swanson's back is feeling better, but he has found it hard to find comfort as the Braves have taken a precautious approach by keeping him out of this week's Grapefruit League games.

Swanson has not played since his back started to tighten during the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Marlins. Though he was likely simply dealing with the soreness created by playing an entire game for the first time this year, the Braves have taken advantage of the chance to limit his activity in an attempt to prevent any lingering discomfort over the remaining three weeks of the exhibition season.

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"I'm not concerned," Swanson said. "I feel good. It's just one of those things where it's March 10 and I'd rather do whatever I need to do now to be healthy for the entire season."

Swanson was cleared to complete some fielding drills both of the past two days. He isn't scheduled to play Saturday or Sunday, but there's seemingly a chance he could be back in the lineup early next week.

In other health-related news, the Braves were encouraged when A.J. Minter did not feel any discomfort after playing catch Thursday. The highly-regarded left-handed relief prospect has been battling an inflamed nerve on the top of his left forearm, near his elbow.

Ranked as the Braves' No. 22 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, Minter hopes to throw a couple light bullpen sessions over the next few days and then work his way toward pitching in some games before the end of Spring Training. He believes his discomfort was a product of him trying to do too much and impress during the early days of his first big league Spring Training.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.