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GARY — Daniel Minor had heard the rumors that Winnipeg was in talks to acquire Charle Rosario from the RailCats and the right-handed reliever thought it could be a great deal.

Then he learned he'd be the one dealt.

Minor was pulled into Rick Forney's office with another player, he said. Minor was told he was heading to Fargo-Moorhead to join the RailCats, the other player was released.

"What it comes down to is that I'm still playing baseball," Minor said Tuesday, a day before he was slated to take his second start with the RailCats.

When he joined the 'Cats in Fargo, he was asked if he'd be willing to become a starter for the first time since his Midwest League days with the Houston Astros in 2013.

He jumped at the chance.

"Really we were looking for the freshest arm," manager Greg Tagert said.

Minor had worked in a simulated four-man rotation in A ball with the Astros as the pitchers took both starts and relief appearances. When given the opportunity, he worked three innings of one-hit ball, striking out six.

Minor's career is five seasons long, though he started in 2012 and took two seasons off. After he was released by the Astros, he played a year in Laredo of the American Association, then decided to hang up his mitt.

While finishing his college degree, he coached youth players and umpired at the college level and couldn't believe how much he missed the game, he said.

"I rediscovered baseball," Minor said. "When you're with kids, to them it's just a game."

He started contacting teams and found a chance in Winnipeg. The Goldeyes kept him on the inactive list for the first month, letting him get more work in.

He pitched in 22 games in relief for Winnipeg before he was dealt to the RailCats as part of the trade that sent Rosario to the Goldeyes and another four players to be named to the RailCats.

Tagert said that he likes players like Minor, who is 26, as part of his building plan.

"This is a statement to the group like Alex Crosby, Ryan Fitzgerald and Alex Gunn that we're trying to get a group that's not here at the end of their careers," Tagert said.

Tagert said that because Minor has been a reliever, he's on a pitch count, for the most part.

"We'll take that game by game," the manager said. "We'll do what we can to win every night. If he's pitching well, we'll keep him out there."


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