Jurrjens has first strong start of spring

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – With only one week left in spring training, Jair Jurrjens needed a solid outing against major league hitters. He got it Saturday.

The Braves right-hander pitched five innings and didn’t allow a runner to reach second base during a 4-0 win against the Washington Nationals at Champion Stadium.

“That’s the best I’ve felt the whole spring training,” said Jurrjens, who allowed one hit and two walks with three strikeouts while throwing 40 strikes in 59 pitches. “Everything was working today. I was finally staying over the [pitching] rubber, staying back.”

Jurrjens was slowed the first two weeks of camp by shoulder inflammation and made only two starts against major league teams before Saturday – two scoreless innings of one-hit ball against Pittsburgh, and three innings (five hits, three runs) against Florida.

His most recent start was against Detroit’s Class AAA affiliate on Monday, after a rainout Sunday pushed his turn to the Braves’ only scheduled off day of spring. The Tigers minor leaguers got a couple of runs and five hits in four innings against him.

But Saturday, Jurrjens looked more like the pitcher whose 2.60 ERA ranked third among National League starters in 2009.

“I was feeling good,” said Jurrjens, who didn’t allow a hit until Ryan Zimmerman’s fourth-inning single. “I hope I can keep having these days during the season and help the team get as many wins as possible.”

He said he would work six innings in his last Grapefruit League start Thursday against his old Detroit team. He’ll start the second game of the season against the Chicago Cubs on April 7 at Turner Field, after Derek Lowe pitches the April 5 opener.

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March 27th, 2010
6:18 pm

Jurrjens may be the most underrated player on the Braves. The kid is goood….


March 27th, 2010
7:21 pm

sidslidkid, I don’t know who you think underrates him. I think pretty much everyone knows he is already a #2 caliber pitcher.


March 27th, 2010
8:10 pm

I think what sid was talking about is the fact that with all the Heyward talk everyone has forgotten about Jurrgens and Hanson being the future of Braves pitching.


March 27th, 2010
9:36 pm

If the biggest problem we have is deciding who’s the best of our 3 young stud players ….. i’ll take that problem very day of the week, and twice on sunday !


March 27th, 2010
9:42 pm

Jurrjens may still be a little under the radar across the country but not with Braves fans. In my mind the Braves have 3 legit #1-2 starters in Hudson, Jurrjens, and Hanson. Right behind them I see Lowe as an easy #3 and KK as an easy #4-5.

It also wouldn’t bother me if Lowe or JJ struggles a bit and Medlin gets some starts. The kid looks like he’s ready to start on almost any staff. On the other hand, I’m wondering if Lowe or KK do well enough to get traded this year? Would Wren pull the trigger with Medlin waiting in the wings?


March 27th, 2010
9:44 pm

Meant to say “wouldn’t bother me if Lowe of KK struggles…” above. If JJ goes down it’s a different story.

A-Town's Finest

March 27th, 2010
9:49 pm

I agree with sidslidkid somewhat. Around the MLB JJ is an after thought. You here them mention Hudson and Lowe as the aces and then they name Hanson THEN Jair. But I’m a huge Jurrjens fans. Will be happy when Jair, Tommy and Yunel sign tha nice long deals in Atlanta they deserve.


March 27th, 2010
10:16 pm

I just worry that the traditional penny pinching Braves may not sign all of our young studs when the time comes… at least to big enough deals that they deserve


March 27th, 2010
11:20 pm

What about trying Infante in the leadoff spot. All he does is consistently get on base. Isn’t that what the leadoff hitter is supposed to do?


March 27th, 2010
11:24 pm

Heyward center Infante left Diaz right Cabrera #4

Chipper Jonestown Massacre

March 28th, 2010
12:11 am

At 6′5″, 245 lbs, Heyward is way too big to be a CF. He will be in RF.

I believe that McLouth is starting to come around and he will be the CF. Whether he bats leadoff or not is a different story.

Mattelky Cabriaz will platoon in LF.


March 28th, 2010
9:46 am

Getting JJ for Renteria eases some of the pain from the bonehead trade of Andrus, Salty, Feliz and Harrison for “Tex.” Andrus is already a rising star, but as many experts warned, it will be Feliz that will cause Braves fans to remember this as one of the worst trades we ever made.


March 28th, 2010
10:16 am

Absolutely the single biggest mistake the Detroit Tigers EVER made!!!!!


March 28th, 2010
10:26 am

mutts—man, i completely agree. harrison looks like he’ll be a solid starter for the rangers. perez, they are having trouble deciding whether to start him or make him a closer. what a problem to have, right? saltalamacchia, i’m not as bothered by. mcann is the best catcher not named mauer. he was roadblocked no matter how you look at it, plus, save for his rookie year, he hasn’t shown he consistently hit. and andrus, he’s a solid player. woulda been nice to have him, but again, he was roadblocked too. and with this kid that they just signed, i’m not gonna mourn that loss too hard. but harrison and perez…that will sting for a while. just can’t have too much pitching.

does anyone know if the kimbrel kid has a legit shot at making the club? jesse chavez has shown me nothing encouraging. wondering if he could take chavez’s spot.


March 28th, 2010
10:27 am

tigerHT—i would think that smoltz would have been a bigger mistake…so far.

ExBraves Fan

March 28th, 2010
10:54 am

Well, spring is nearly over. What are your predictions on the seasons the players will have. Trying to be positive, and at the same time, knowing the past, here are some way out predictions. As much as I want the Braves to do something decent, they have way too many older players that have too stay healthy, I.E. Jones and Glaus, and hit again, I.E. Jones and Glaus.

I don’t think Milkdud is going to be anything positive for this team. I was never impressed with him with the Yankees and still am not after watching him a full spring. Over the past 40+ years following this teams since it arrived in Atlanta, the history is just too strong that these “damaged goods” Braves teams never fulfill. They fail. There are just too many ifs here. If Jones does this, If Glaus can hit and stay healthy and play 1B; if, if, if.

I hope Haywood plays well and does not faulter and have too be sent down. He may be the next Griffey, Jr. I saw Jr. play in Seattle for 10 years up close and personal. This Haywood kid has that same potential. He appears to be THAT good.

McHitless: .251, 15, 56
Escobar: .285, 14, 78
Jones: playing healthy: .283, 23, 87; playing hurt: .258, 15, 63
Glaus: .246, 15, 45
Haywood: .275, 15, 57
Diaz: .282, 12, 56
The best catcher in the NL: .313, 26, 101
Prado: .278, 11, 67
Milkdud: .257, 6, 33
JJ: 14-7, 2.99
Hudson: 14-8, 3.67
Lowe: 10-14, 4.56
KK: 5-11, 4.98
Hansen: 15-7, 3.18
Proctor: 3-5, 3.78
Wagner: 2-3, 2.56, 23 saves
Saito: 4-5, 4.66, 3 saves, 15 holds, 10 blown holds
TEAM: If all goes WELL: 88 wins. If they struggle: 79 wins and so long to Bobby.


March 28th, 2010
11:02 am

exbraves fan–are you an ex baseball fan as well? the reason i ask is you refer to a man named haywood….. i have to say, your outlook is indeed a pessimistic one and i can tell that your fan status is indeed of the ‘ex’ variety.


March 28th, 2010
11:51 am

Cant we just be happy with what we have right now, and not worry about the past! Play with what we got and dont compare this and that and whose 1 and 2,3….etc. whose in cf or rf,lf just go win achampionship! thats what real fans are about!!


March 28th, 2010
11:54 am

And EXBRAVESFAN your way of base!!


March 28th, 2010
1:17 pm

ExBraves Fan: Who is Haywood??


March 28th, 2010
1:24 pm


How about doing the rest of us a favor and become an ex-poster too? I am far from a flaming optimist about the Braves, but some of your comments are absurd. For example, McLouth hit 20 homers, had 70 RBI, scored 86 runs and stole 19 bases last year despite missing 30 games due to injury. Admittedly, his batting average leaves something to be desired, but projecting him to hit 15 HRs and drive in 56 runs is ludicrous. McLouth is one of a handful of 20/20 centerfielders in the game and will be again this year. By the way, I am 57 and have been a Braves fan most likely for as long as you. Finally, it HEYWARD not HAYWOOD.

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