PHILADELPHIA -- Even with the emergence of Monday night's starter Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang, the Braves are looking forward to the return of Gavin Floyd (Tommy John surgery) and Mike Minor to the rotation.
The two had quality outings on Sunday, with Floyd allowing two runs (one earned) in 3 2/3 innings of work for Triple-A Gwinnett and Minor (sore shoulder) throwing five scoreless innings for Class A Rome in which he allowed just one hit.
"The arm felt good," said Floyd, who is still two starts away and who will pitch for Double-A Mississippi on Friday, when he will hopefully go six innings and around 85 pitches. "I didn't feel the greatest mechanically, but I was able to make an adjustment. I've been throwing a lot of bullpens, but getting in the game is different. It took me a couple of innings to feel everything out, and it came relatively quick.
"I've felt that my arm has responded very well. I know the protocol here and this organization has a plan and we'll stick with that. I want longevity here both in the future and the season."
Minor will start on Friday for Gwinnett, and if all goes well, he could return right around his target date of April 23.
Kimbrel given night off with soreness in shoulder
PHILADELPHIA -- When David Carpenter entered Monday night's game to serve as the Braves' closer against the Phillies, the obvious question was, Where's Craig Kimbrel?
So after the Braves' wild, 9-6 win, Kimbrel, who has been around long enough to know what was coming, looked back from his locker and laughed.
"You want to talk to me?" Kimbrel said. "I didn't play."
Kimbrel was given the night off after experiencing some soreness in his shoulder on Saturday night after he picked up his fifth save in as many chances this season in a win over the Nationals.
The Braves are being careful with their most valuable bullpen piece, which is understandable, but they didn't appear overly concerned, saying that a day or two of rest is all that's needed.
"It's something that I've felt through Spring Training," said Kimbrel, who is 10 saves shy of John Smoltz's franchise record of 154. "It's not anything on the field. It's just a little uncomfortable. [I'll] just take a few days off. The guys really swung the bat well today."
"He has a sore shoulder," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're going day to day with him.
"Not worried at all. I'm talking to Craig and our trainers. I think it's one of those things that every reliever goes through. [If we hadn't gone ahead in the ninth], you guys wouldn't have even known it. So throughout the course of the season, there are guys that are banged up and they're not the closer. If it's not a save situation, nobody would even know, so I'm not concerned at all."
Fredi gives Johnson another day of rest
PHILADELPHIA -- For the second straight game, third baseman Chris Johnson was not in the starting lineup. Johnson, who played in the first 10 games of the season, hit just .182 on the most recent homestand and is being given some rest.
"No, no, C.J. is fine," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm just giving him a couple of days off."
The 29-year-old Johnson, who hit .321 with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs in 2013, is hitting .244 with a home run this season.
Mike Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.