Jurrjens and Escobar injured in series finale

St. Louis – The hits keep coming for the Braves, just not the kind they need.

Starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens left with a strained left hamstring after the first inning and shortstop Yunel Escobar exited with a groin injury later in the Braves’ 10-4 loss Thursday against the Cardinals, which capped a horrid 0-7 trip.

“I think J.J. has a good chance to make his next start,” said manager Bobby Cox, whose last-place Braves have a nine-game losing streak. “I’m not sure about Escobar. He gets that [injury] once in a while and it takes a little while, so we’ll see. There’s no off days, so we’ll see tomorrow.”

The Braves finished an 0-7 trip that was the worst in six decades for the franchise, since the 1949 Boston Braves went 0-8 at Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

Jurrjens allowed a three-run homer by David Freese in the first inning and was replaced by reliever Kris Medlen to begin the second. He said he felt a mild  hamstring twinge a few days ago during a conditioning sprint, but thought he’d be able to pitch Thursday without favoring it.  He was wrong.

“I really didn’t aggravate it” in the game, he said. “Just a little bit of caution; I was scared to put pressure on it. I felt it a little in the bullpen, and when I came in the game I was just trying to not put so much pressure on it, to use all arm. It wasn’t working so well.”

Cox and pitching coach Roger McDowell decided to replace him after one inning when Jurrjens (0-3) conceded he was favoring the leg. He said he hoped to make his next scheduled start.

“We’ll see how it bounces back,” he said. “Hopefully by tomorrow it’s getting better.”

Escobar strained his left adductor muscle  fielding a grounder and throwing to first base in the seventh inning. After the game, he said through a team spokesman that he could possibly return in a few days.

Cox, noting that Escobar’s previous groin injuries have usually required several days to heal, said the Braves would not make any move to replace him before they saw how he felt in the next couple of days.

After Troy Glaus pinch-hit for Escobar in the eighth, Omar Infante moved from third base to shortstop and Eric Hinske from first to third.

278 comments Add your comment

Kitis

April 29th, 2010
2:26 pm

Is there a better time to be an Atlanta sports fan? Eat your heart out Cleveland, we’re really LAST.

GTFan

April 29th, 2010
2:27 pm

Im first, Braves last.

GTFan

April 29th, 2010
2:27 pm

I’m 2nd and 3rd, Braves…. still last.

Gary

April 29th, 2010
2:28 pm

These ARE your father’s Braves!

Gary

April 29th, 2010
2:29 pm

Can we get one of these strained hammys for Lowe, too?

Bill Mc

April 29th, 2010
2:29 pm

This may be the worst farewell tour of all time.

bravessuck!

April 29th, 2010
2:30 pm

Hey Frank Wrens, do us all a favor and blow your brains out! You SUCK!!!

Big Al

April 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

Hey Wrens quit helping please!

Matt

April 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

Awesome. Unfortunately finishing last in baseball isn’t like finishing last in football or basketball. It’s possible for the #1 pick to be productive in year 1 for football and basketball. Looking at 3ish years before they are ready.

This could be the worst possible season for Heyward to be a rookie. WIth absolutely no help around him how can he be expected to have a productive year??

Hooter Girl

April 29th, 2010
2:38 pm

Bravessuck, I will be praying for you.

Delmar

April 29th, 2010
2:45 pm

I wouldn’t want to pitch anymore either, down 3-0 in the first you know your offense isn’t going to score that much so why keep going back out there?

NY Frenchy

April 29th, 2010
2:49 pm

After the 9 game road trip the season will be over for the Bad News Bravos, so sad Booby shoulda left last year

Jesus

April 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

Is there no end in sight? I am downright disgusted with Frank Wren. What does he care though, he has no problem going to the bank with his huge check. He might as well be wearing a ski mask.

Matt

April 29th, 2010
2:58 pm

Bobby should have left years ago… when the Braves were being ousted in the first round of the playoffs with regularity. The following year, when they didn’t make the post season he should have been gone. I’m not at all surprised by this at all… the pitching staff overachieved last year and if your team is banking on a 20 year old rookie to deliver you offense for you, you’re doomed. I love Heyward, don’t get me wrong, but there’s way too much pressure on the kid to perform and I personally think it severely hamper his maturation in MLB.

and then there’s Troy Glaus and Chipper Jones, both were questions marks going in and both questions have been answered. a) yes, Glaus is done b) yes, Chipper is done.

At least Vasquez is playing horrible up in NY. Seriously, NOBODY is coming through on this team. Chipper needs to be dealt to an AL team where he can be a DH and possibly salvage some dignity at the end of his career.

ranger

April 29th, 2010
2:58 pm

This is embarassing. Good thing no one on the Braves gives a rat’s tailbone.

Any word on the extent of JJ injury? Maybe he wanted to quit early and cause he knows we ain’t going to score 4 runs

Thank God for Book Rule doubles saved us at least two runs in the series

PMC

April 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

Turn out the lights….

ranger

April 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

You had to figure the Cards would have to stop toying with us. You can tell the Cards simply do not take the Braves seriously.

ranger

April 29th, 2010
3:04 pm

corkylovesbeer

April 29th, 2010
3:07 pm

Good afternoon,

I am tipping my cap to the Cardinals. They are a really good team. Our hitting will come around this weekend vs the Astros. We have really good team chemistry. IT is very early in the season. We are playing good baseball. They are just hitting in places we are not positioned. Go Bravos!

boomerfan

April 29th, 2010
3:11 pm

Why take Medlen out? He was pitchen good.

Casey Stinkle

April 29th, 2010
3:14 pm

Corky, you have obviously had too much beer today. Our team chemistry is like mixing sulphuric acid with tin.

Mr. Obvious

April 29th, 2010
3:15 pm

RE: Braves 4th Starter

44-Year–Old John Smotlz > Jair Jurrjens w/Strained Hamstring

—————————————————————————

RE: Braves 5th Starter

44-Year–Old John Smotlz > Kenshin Kawakami

Matt

April 29th, 2010
3:18 pm

What in the World did we do to anger the Baseball Gods this year?? This is beyond pathetic already. Someone in the front office better WAKE UP RIGHT NOW, because all the platitudes in the world don’t mean a thing when you keep losing.

J. heyward

April 29th, 2010
3:20 pm

I got a hit…I got a hit.. i got a hit

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

April 29th, 2010
3:22 pm

corkylovesbeer: “I am tipping my cap to the Cardinals. They are a really good team. Our hitting will come around this weekend vs the Astros. We have really good team chemistry. IT is very early in the season. We are playing good baseball. They are just hitting in places we are not positioned. Go Bravos!”

Mr. Cox?

ranger

April 29th, 2010
3:22 pm

Was it Chipper or someone else that just announced this is his last year

larry

April 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

The braves have not scored over 4 runs in 11 straight and if they dont score 2 runs in three innings it will be 12…. I hate this i look forward to braves season every year and the past couple i have lost interest when it hits september bc they are out of it but now it could be May they are out

KnightInATL

April 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

I was just trying to figure out the same thing. Who were Powell and Sutton talking about?

CRACK HEAD

April 29th, 2010
3:24 pm

WOOOOO EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

DAT FISH WIT DA TENNIS SHOES IS LOOKING AT ME!!!!

j

April 29th, 2010
3:25 pm

Larry,

I am with you bro. At least they are not teasing us this year! F’n A!

Greg

April 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

Hate to say it, but I told you so, and I did it again & again, beginning in February. When we all saw the Braves’ cheapskate moves before the season began, and when you take out all the pre-season hype (which happens in every Major League city), what we were left with was mediocrity and a prayer. We’re down to wishin’ and hopin’. But it ain’t going to happen.

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
3:28 pm

@GT Fan – I think we should adopt that sign on (I’m First, Braves Last) for the rest of the year. Heck, I’m 24th and still higher in the standings than the Braves.

Rebecca Woods

April 29th, 2010
3:28 pm

I retired this past year to Panama City and the Braves aren’t shown here; I guess I should be grateful they’re not. This is d**n pitiful.

corkylovesbeer

April 29th, 2010
3:28 pm

Turnip, I am staying positive. Mr Wren commented this morning that if the Fal-Clowns started the season 0-2….there wouldn’t be that much concern.

ranger

April 29th, 2010
3:34 pm

Now what is that called when the ball hits the bat and goes out of the park? I thought the Braves were not allowed to do that

Tmac

April 29th, 2010
3:37 pm

A good sign your baseball teams GM doesn’t know what the heck he is doing…

When he is quoted comparing his team to another team in the same city different sport in a hypothetical situation to try and take the heat off his team.

Good Job FW. Well done.

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
3:42 pm

Wow, there is nothing positive to talk about so the announcers are hyping “the best curveball in the Braves minor league system.” At least Colby Rasmus is helping my rotisserie team.

Tmac

April 29th, 2010
3:45 pm

“Turnip, I am staying positive. Mr Wren commented this morning that if the Fal-Clowns started the season 0-2….there wouldn’t be that much concern.”

Hey Corkylovesbeer & Frank Wren: Don’t kid yourself. If the Falcons have missed the playoffs 4 years in a row and looking like 5 years in the first month and playing as poorly as your team… the fans and media would be all over that team and Thomas Dimitrof too. Especially when the GM is in complete denial.

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

Yeah, wasn’t that stupid. Bobby Cox is telling the Cardinals what to pay Pujols? He should be telling his own management to spend $50 million for some players.

Joe

April 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

The Braves need a new GM Frank Wren isn’t getting the job done point blank. Trade Chipper Jones to an American League team cause he’s only good to be a DH now at this point of his career.

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

I wonder if that prospect who got himself kicked out of the braves farm system for being with a prostitute did it on purpose so he could get out. They should have kept him, at least the Braves could say one of their players could swing the bat.

Tmac

April 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

lmao Roto. well done.

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

Escobar, a chipper off the ol’ block.

dawgs01

April 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

I have tickets to Saturday and Sundays game. I just told my girlfriend we might be the only people there. How are we looking today i know we are losing but are there any positives. I am stuck at work. Are we playing like we hung out with Bob Marley before the game. I heard Chipper (roger dorn) Jones aint playing. They should play clown music when we take the field you know like when all the clowns pile out of the car. I love the Braves and it makes me feel better picking on them so no one tell me that i am not a true fan. I stick out with them every year no matter what. I just wish we played with more enthusiasm then the losses would not be that bad but it is like they dont care sometimes i know they do and baseball is not played with the emotion of football but hell at least hustle thats to you chipper your better than that

Disappointed Braves Fan

April 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

I would leave the game to with a pulled “anything” if I was going to lose 9 games in a row too!!

Disappointed Braves Fan

April 29th, 2010
3:53 pm

Only positive from today is Heyward went yard!! I will be there saturday as well, prolly with a Brown paper bag over my head.

Larry M

April 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

Can’t wait to see how Leo “Rose-Colored-Glasses” Mazzone tries to spin this one tomorrow morning on the radio:

“We’re just not getting any balls bouncing our way.”

“We’re not mathematically eliminated yet!”

“We’ve just run up against a slew of great teams and pitchers like Kyle Kendrick.”

“You gotta tip your hat to the other team sometimes.”

etc etc.

Tmac

April 29th, 2010
3:59 pm

Let’s see, we’re getting are teeth kicked in right from the jump.
our starting pitcher leaves after 1 inning with a possible hammy.
some more teeth kicking…
Heyward goes yard on a good swing, but it’s completely meaningless.
more teeth kickin…cards with dbl digits.
Escobar leaves game with a groin…

Other than that, everything’s great!

alphadawg

April 29th, 2010
3:59 pm

Can you imagine what it must be like in that clubhouse right now?

dawgs01

April 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

disappointed braves fan- i thought about the paper bag too. Sunday we are taking the dog. Me and him might have bags over our heads.. The only thing good about the losing streak is that the post are hilarious and i know it is from frustration. i am kind of glad i dont have to watch them tonight but it has become comical.

SRF

April 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

I bet they are laughing in the clubhouse that people will actually pay them for this @#$%

dawgs01

April 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

alpha dawg -the clubhouse has to be horrible. When it shows them on the bench no one is talking or anything almost looks like an oil painting.

corkylovesbeer

April 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

Tmac…it is early in the season..no need to panic..the 1927 Yankees had a 9 game losing streak as well…as Bobby pointed out.

SRF

April 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

Sorry – these ain’t the 1927 Yankees

Rabiddawg

April 29th, 2010
4:08 pm

Are you kidding me? Just got home from work, turned on the game and we are losing 10-4. Ok, Ok, this joke has gone on long enough. when are the real Braves going to take the field? 9 L’s in a row. Are you kidding me? These are major leaguers folks. I have noticed the past FEW seasons that this team has a lack of heart and will to win. This team just goes through the motions it seems. Even when they win, it’s a ho hum attitude. all I gotta say is I can’t wait for BAB (braves after bobby). Until then, this pathetic franchise will get no more of my money. When Turner Field starts looking like the Blue Jays stadium, then maybe we will get the changes we need. Send a clear message to upper management that we demand a better product on the field. If not, we can just sit behind these computers witching about them. I for one will CHOOSE to stay away.

ltdbrave

April 29th, 2010
4:08 pm

It’s going to be a long season. Heck, it already has been.

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
4:09 pm

@Tmac – Thank you, thank you, looks like I’ll be here all year.

Tmac

April 29th, 2010
4:09 pm

Corky- go sell sunshine somewhere else…

I agree with SRF- this ain’t the ‘27 Yankees by any stretch of the imagination.
And there are a few more teams in the league than in 1927.

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

Now the announcers are saying LaRussa is playing it like a spring training game. Wow!

Rabiddawg

April 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

According to the blog, we have the second worst record in baseball???? Are you serious. Thats pathetic.

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
4:13 pm

Of course I benched Hewyard in my rotisserie league and I have Hanson and Hudson. So I truly can’t win for losing.

Jeff Treadway

April 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

The pitching is just terrible for the braves…they get 4 runs and give up 10 — geez guys, the offense is working miracles out there! help them out !!

LMAO !

Marc in FL

April 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

Injuries should compliment our anemic offense quite well…

Frank Wren

April 29th, 2010
4:18 pm

All is WELL!!! Remain CALM!!!

Tmac

April 29th, 2010
4:19 pm

We better break this streak at home against the Astros or it could get really ugly as the Braves go on the road for 3 in Washington, 3 in Philly and 3 in Milwaukee.

We could be eliminated from the playoff race by the end of that stretch.

But wait, i’m sorry. We’re supposed to have patients… my bad.

TnBob

April 29th, 2010
4:20 pm

Well, at least I can get some yard work done after getting home from work now,,

Fernando Appleyard

April 29th, 2010
4:21 pm

I have to tell you…Atlanta Braves…you do not look marvelous. You look more like…BRUTAL!

DawgDad

April 29th, 2010
4:22 pm

Let’s keep some perspective here. Ok, let’s not.

Got to give this lineup more time to come around, say, to the end of May. THEN if it isn’t working you blow it up and load up on as many prospects as you can grab. It’s hard to see this lineup contending this year.

I’ll go to the game because I love going to the games, and because in the worst of times this is still MLB and MLB-level talent. Jason Heyward, growing pains and all, is worth the price of admission all by himself. The Braves are still interesting, just not in a positive way right now. I went to the Halladay-Hudson game and that was a first-class MLB pitching matchup worth every penny.

If they are going to lose, they need to rally the troops and play inspired, aggressive baseball and keep their chins up and heads in the game. To do this, they need to clean house of the players no longer capable of playing inspired, aggressive baseball with their heads in the game, regardless of who they are. Fans are NOT going to tolerate .200 hitting turtles making a ton of lackadaisical errors and failing to execute fundamentals. Sorry, Chipper (and the obvious collection of others).

corkylovesbeer

April 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

I can’t believe all the negativity…Turner Field is Braves Country!

good grief

April 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

if we don’t beat the Astros I say we just swap the Atlanta and Gwinnett teams. Send all the big leaguers down and call all the AAA guys up.

Yokum

April 29th, 2010
4:27 pm

Was it Casey Stengel, when he was with a pitiful Mets team, who said, “Can’t anybody around here play this game?”

GLEN HUBBARD

April 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

Bobby said we can start stealing bases in June when are season will be offically over. Only one month til then!!!!

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

ROFLMAO! SportsSouth didn’t have a post game show and here is what was said…”Given time constaints we move forward to further sports action.” ROTFLMAO! They went to Bobby Dews. ROTFLMA! I wish they could move forward to futher action when the Braves win. ROTFLMAO!

Then they show a promo with J-Hey’s homer on Opening Day and the announcer says “The Braves are taking our breath away!” They sure are, because they are killing us!

JP

April 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

Correction Mr. Obvious

This just in, Glavine trades in his mic for cleats.

RE: Braves 5th Starter

45-Year–Old Tom Glavine > Kenshin Kawakami

Disappointed Braves Fan

April 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

Bring up Freddie Freeman

GLEN HUBBARD

April 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

I too love beer, Corky

GLEN HUBBARD

April 29th, 2010
4:31 pm

It has been so long I forgot what the sign to steal second base is. I will have to remind Bobby we can still do that crazy play.

scaredbravesfan

April 29th, 2010
4:34 pm

I totally agree with good grief…. If they dont take the assignent outright release them. Enough is Enough. But do not stop with players coaches go too.

Crazy Trades McGee

April 29th, 2010
4:34 pm

Wasn’t Meds Cruising? why take him out? I’m sure he has the ability to go more than 3 or so innings…

Pete

April 29th, 2010
4:35 pm

Is there any chance you will grow a pair and ask the tough questions to Bobby and Wren DOB? LIke, “At what point do you make changes? When you lose 10 straight and have the lowest batting average? Or 20 straight and have the fewest HR? How does TP still have a job when our former players are hitting so well. How does TP have a job when we have 5 regualrs hitting under .200 How does TP have a job when our leadoff hitters are hitting under .100? How does Bobby have a job when we continue to make mental and fundamental mistakes. Any other sport and any other coach would have been getting ask these questions?

Greg Norton

April 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

How much is Arizona loving Wren…Kelly went yard again (4 for 5), Laroche bombed 2 more…KJ – .320 9hr 18 rbi…LaRoche-.300 4hr 17rbi

scaredbravesfan

April 29th, 2010
4:37 pm

I thought I would never say this but I think Norton would be a better hitting CF than MClouth. McLouth do us a favor and have a hammi too.

Roto Rooter

April 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

@Corkylovesbeer aka Corkylovescrack – 1927 Yankees? Who is Ruth and who is Gherig? Heyward and Prado? LMAO! Come on, you, Bobby Cox, and Frank Wren all “cracking” up?

pat

April 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

Ok, Bobby said “…we’re playing really good baseball”. If you have more errors than runs, and pitchers on other team laugh like hell at the averages of the “Big Bats” this is NOT good baseball.

Gary

April 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

Pete, don’t you know no one asks the tough questions around here anymore because they are afraid of the front office.

pat

April 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

when the Royals are at least glad they’re not the Braves, it’s a bad sign.

When’s football start?

scaredbravesfan

April 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

Barry Bonds as hitting coach. He needs to let our hitters in on the little secret of how to hit. Or how to take steroids one or the other!!

GTSteve

April 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

@good grief ….I agree

michael palumbo

April 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

Frank Wren, Bobby Cox, Terry Pendleton should all be fired.

GTSteve

April 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

@scaredbravesfan …or both

Roy Hobbs

April 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

Crazy how little injuries pop up when guys know they have nothing to play for.

Clay

April 29th, 2010
4:43 pm

The Braves are 8-14. What? How in the world did we ever win 8 games?

Why

April 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

So, who’s still heading to the Ted tomorrow?

Pete

April 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

Still waiting for DOB to answer my question. He usually erases them.

Smitty

April 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

April 22, 2010 was the beginning of the end. And it was Draft Day. Perhaps coincidental, but thank God. It was a sign that football season ain’t that far away. So I will ask this: At what point do the powers be release those who can’t play or coach? Why is Freddie Freeman not playing in the bigs? Wren can’t possibly believe that Glaus is better. The future is exactly that and it won’t be here until Bobby is gone and Wren gets his head out of his ass! Keep losing and I will be able to buy the cheap seats and watch the other teams from behind home plate or wherever I feel like sitting.

GO FALCONS!

SC Smith

April 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

No Gary, these are not our fathers Braves, they could hit like hell, just couldnt pitch.

WrenForPresident

April 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

The Braves cold be worse off, Obama could be the GM.

Biff Pocoroba

April 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

jeezuz-gawd, what a way to take away all the enthusiasm of a new season from the fan base … this is a pathetic collection of players. so glad the front office addressed an alarming lack of power during the offseason by promoting jay-hey. glaus, hinski, cabrera. c’mon mr. wren. are you serious? you’ve put the finishing touches on turning this team into the orioles of the national league. be proud. this is your creation. make sure you update your resume with this atrocious start. and ownership expects fans to purchase tickets to watch this crap?

daBraves860

April 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

This really hurts to watch now… but could this be the worst to first season all over again? i hope soo.

I Hate Liberty Media

April 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

Seriously, would Troy Glaus start for any other team? McLouth? Melky? Diaz? Sure looks & feels like 1988 again.

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