Jair Jurrjens’s next start will be pushed back to next Saturday at Philadelphia so he can rest his sore left hamstring. The off day Monday will allow the Braves to skip his turn in the rotation and keep everyone else on regular rest.
Jurrjens had to leave Thursday’s start in St. Louis after only one inning because of a sore left hamstring. He thought he could pitch through it but came out after he admitted it was changing his delivery to compensate for the pain. He gave up a three-run home run to David Freese.
“I want to go out there being at least 90 percent,” said Jurrjens, who has also battled shoulder soreness since before spring training. “Every start I have something bugging me. Maybe this will be a good chance to get all the stuff that has been bugging me to at least 90 percent and at least be myself again.”
Jurrjens was examined by the team doctor on Friday afternoon.
“They said it was improving,” Jurrjens said. “It just feels stiff. Rapid movement is the only time I can feel pain, but walking is just stiff.”
Yunel Escobar was out of the lineup Friday after straining his groin in the seventh inning Thursday fielding a ground ball. He expected to be out at least Friday and Saturday against the Astros.
“It’s bothering me a little bit, but I just need some time to rest and then I thinks I’ll be good,” Escobar said through a translator. “I’m not going to run today or tomorrow, just do treatment and relax.”