Jurrjens goes on DL; Kimbrel to join team from Gwinnett – updated

Washington, DC – The Braves realized one missed start wasn’t going to be enough for Jair Jurrjens and disabled him Wednesday with his sore left hamstring.

The Braves had originally planned to push Jurrjens back to a Saturday start in Philadelphia but when he still wasn’t comfortable enough to throw a bullpen session by Wednesday, the Braves made a roster move and announced Kris Medlen will start Saturday against the Phillies.

“It has made progress, but I don’t think it’s strong enough to go in a game,” Jurrjens said. “Going on the DL is the best thing for the team. And I think it’ll give me a chance to heal 100 percent too.”

The Braves purchased the contract of prospect Craig Kimbrel from Class AAA Gwinnett, for his first taste of the major leagues. Kimbrel, considered to be the closer of the future, was expected to arrive some time before the end of the Braves’ game against the Nationals Wednesday night.

For Jurrjens, this is his first trip to the disabled list as a Brave in a season that’s been marred so far by injuries. He was delayed two weeks in spring training by a sore shoulder. Just when it looked like his arm strength and velocity were back, he injured his hamstring a few days before his last start Thursday in St. Louis. He was only able to pitch one inning.

He told manager Bobby Cox Wednesday he wanted to avoid another short outing.

“It’s better if they put somebody out there who’s 100 percent healthy than somebody who is 50 percent,” said Jurrjens, whose one other trip to the DL came in August of 2007 with the Tigers because of a sore shoulder.

The Braves are hoping Jurrjens will be ready to pitch after missing only this one additional start. He will be eligible to come off the disabled list May 15 and with an off day coming off this trip, the Braves think he’ll be ready to get back on the mound May 18 against the Mets.

“He’s only going to miss one start, so the smart thing to do is not push it,” Cox said. “He still feels it. It’s not like it’s real close.”

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Big H

May 5th, 2010
4:23 pm

Could it be?

Big H

May 5th, 2010
4:23 pm

Jon S

May 5th, 2010
4:24 pm

Dave—

Kimbrel will be here to stay. Who will be the odd man out once Jurrjens is healthy again?

chin music

May 5th, 2010
4:25 pm

looking forward to seeing kimbrel in the late innings, at least until jj comes back.

chin music

May 5th, 2010
4:26 pm

so will jj and escobar be eligible to come back on the same day? seems like they both left that same game against the cards…

Marc in FL

May 5th, 2010
4:28 pm

None of our pitchers, except for two overpriced starters, have been a disappointment this year. Unless they figure out a way to move Lowe or KK, someone is going to have to go back the minors.

Marc in FL

May 5th, 2010
4:29 pm

chin music, technically they should be retroactive to the last game they played, so yes, if the Braves use that option (and don’t know why they wouldn’t), then both will be able to return the same day.

Roland Office Worker

May 5th, 2010
4:29 pm

Any chance that Medlan will move into the starting rotation to replace Jurrjens immediately and then stay and replace Kawikami when JJ gets back?

dpelfrey

May 5th, 2010
4:32 pm

Can’t wait to see Kimbrel throw on a big league mound. You know Bobby, he won’t let a guy sit around too long after being called up. Too bad Gwinnett’s out of town, otherwise we might have seen him tonight.

And about this time next year, we’ll be talking about Cory Rasmus, who’s my prediction to climb the prospect charts.

awesomeo

May 5th, 2010
4:32 pm

he is not here to stay
unless he completely dominates everything
all our bullpen arms are outstanding
if anyone was going to go it would be venters but cox wouldnt do it so easy

NEW CARS

May 5th, 2010
4:35 pm

He might be there tonight….Playing in Washington and he’s in New York..

The Sham

May 5th, 2010
4:44 pm

I predict that IF Kimbrel dominates and Medlen fares well – NOTHING WILL CHANGE… JJ will return, Medlen will return to his role of coming in and middle-relieving and Kimbrel will go back down. The bullpen hasn’t been broke, so no need to fix it!

Jeff

May 5th, 2010
4:48 pm

Let’s hope Kimbrel can hit!

jacket3

May 5th, 2010
4:54 pm

I know there are die hard braves fans all over the US…an I am one…..but these last few years is very reminiscent of the mid 1980’s…all puff, promises and no substance….Braves will be 14 games out by the All Star Break at this rate..and you can’t fire the manager because he quit in spring training..another 90 million down the drain…and for what…$5 hotdogs and $7 beer…skyline seats are still $1 dollar.

….Hello Frank….how’s Myrtle Beach ???

ScoutDawg

May 5th, 2010
4:55 pm

Jeff you are the man! Right on the money, let us hope he is a .300, 100rbi, 30 hr hitting pitcher, who can play first or right or center field while batting leadoff on his off days.

alphadawg

May 5th, 2010
5:03 pm

ScoutDawg you crack me up!

I’d settle for throwing strikes and getting ground ball outs myself. It would be nice though to move KK out of the starting rotation but I’m not sure that will happen right now….

Tdub

May 5th, 2010
5:05 pm

He can hit. And he’ll be with the team tonight.

kent

May 5th, 2010
5:05 pm

What exactly is hard throwing right hander?

boomerfan

May 5th, 2010
5:09 pm

Good. keep Medlen in the rotation. KK to pen with little work

Frank Wren

May 5th, 2010
5:15 pm

All of our bullpen arms are dominant?
Cough, Jesse Chavez, Cough.

awesomeo

May 5th, 2010
5:18 pm

lowe to LR
keep medlen
god if we can just somehow swap med and lowe we would be in a better shape.
better shape being a lesser crap team.

ScoutDawg

May 5th, 2010
5:32 pm

Yeah, me too AlphaDawg, that is what I think too but a guy can dream right! Just like this year in Athens I’m thinking a DE with 9.5 sacks, a CB with 6 interceptions, a Safety with 7 bone crushin’ concussions caused and a RB with 1400 yds rushing. Oh yeay and 7 penalties all year.

steve h

May 5th, 2010
5:38 pm

What I’m looking for is to see if Kris Medlen can take advantage of his second bite of the apple. Remember last season when he got the call, his pitching stats were incredible — lots of Ks and only one or two BB. Kris got his first start and he had the merry-go-round going. Not too long after, he could’t find the plate to which Bobby Cox said in the post-game interview, he couldn’t find the plate — not a single one of them was a strike. That was as striking a comment as I’ve ever heard from Bobby and Medlen was soon moved to the pen.

So hopefully Medlen has gotten over his big-league jitters. he’s looked really good this season and eventually looked good at the end of last season in relief. So I say that this is more of an audition for Kris Medlen than Kimbrel.

Kembral’s Demons:
1. Control
2. Walks.

He has a plus fastball with late movement (if he can find the plate) and a curveball that looks like a slider.

Carroll Rogers

May 5th, 2010
5:43 pm

You tell me, Jon S. Seems you’ve got it all figured out – ha!

Here’s Bobby Cox on Kimbrel, which mmakes you think it’ll be a two-week stay, unless something changes…”He had a great spring,” Cox said. “I don’t think he’s missed a beat in Triple-A. he can get us through this two-week period, help us out.”

Chip Shot

May 5th, 2010
5:49 pm

well kimbrel will dominate in 2 weeks and chavez goes to Gwinnett

GTSteve

May 5th, 2010
5:53 pm

When Bobby posts the line up everyday, he just needs to put Lowe pitching and batting 9th, and turn the correct batting order in to the umps……problem solved, Braves will score 10 every night!!

steve h

May 5th, 2010
5:54 pm

well kimbrel will dominate in 2 weeks and chavez goes to Gwinnett

We’ll see. I hope Kimbrel pulls it off but we all know pitchers in the minors can get away with nibbling around the plate. Hitters in the Show won’t even flinch at a 93-95 MPH fastball that’s one ball off the plate. That’s the difference and it’s a big one.

rltidegrrl

May 5th, 2010
6:00 pm

good luck Craig…..help Cox right the ship….give us 3 SO’s and at least 1 triple (yes he can hit) in your debut

Jon S

May 5th, 2010
6:09 pm

Carroll–

My guess is they send Chavez to Gwinnett to work on his consistency. Or package him with McClouth or Cabrera once Shaffer is ready to come off of his rehab stint in the minors. I would assume that they will give Cody Johnson a shot in left field later this summer if can improve on his strike out totals.

rknight44

May 5th, 2010
6:40 pm

Enter your comments here

tim scott

May 5th, 2010
6:42 pm

Good for the young man Kimbrel getting called up. One small problem being the closer of the future in order to close a game or record a save if you will, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FREAKIN LEAD !!!!!!

rknight44

May 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

Oops, my bad. Ahem. What is it about fitness that’s such an anithesis to many baseball players. Everyone else, in nearly every other sport has to acheive and maintain a level of fitness. These people are either bowling or throwing darts. Snooker, maybe?

01HAWK

May 5th, 2010
7:03 pm

We all know what the problem is. 6 players make a total of $57,083,000 and the BRAVES have a total payroll of $84,423,666 = 68 % of the salary going to 6 players. The other 19 players make an average of $1,438,982. We are stuck with these guys for some time. McClouth is the only trade option. We want to keep Hudson, WAGS goes away after this year, but the others are to much of a burden for other teams to consider trading for.

DLOWE……………………………………………..15 Million good thru 2012
CJONES…………………………………………….14 Million good thru 2012
THUDSON…………………………………………..9 Million good thru 2012
KAWACRUMMY…………………………………..7.333 Million good thru 2011
BWAGNER………………………………………… 6.750 Million good thru 2010…………Option for 2011
MCCLOUTH…………………………………………5 Million good thru 2011

DooWahDiddy

May 5th, 2010
8:42 pm

I sort of expected to hear that Jo Jo Reyes would be dropped into the rotation. He’s only been getting hammered for four years. He might still turn it around .

Get New Ownership and Management

May 5th, 2010
8:44 pm

With JH being takin out of the line-up…………The outfield now will put FEAR in THe Nats pitcher…………….Diaz(LF)……..McClouth(CF) and FATBOY(Caberria) in Right Field…………Murderous ROWE……………………..LMAO. What a TEAM! Thank You Liberty Media!

hey kid

May 6th, 2010
1:23 am

trade jo-jo to dodgers and he will go 11 and 3 with 2.22 era 158 innings pitched.

charles

May 6th, 2010
9:48 am

No one wants Jo Jo

Don

May 6th, 2010
10:23 am

Odds are that Jurrjens sholder injury is worse than advertised. Big queston is will he be able to return to his former effectiveness? And Leo is in the broadcast booth when we could have had him back as the Pitching Coach. More Bobby Cox incompetent decision making.

GAMER

May 6th, 2010
12:22 pm

What’s up with Heward and Strasburg being computer generated rejects on the new MLB 2K10 game but they have Buster Posey???? Anyone know how this works??

T for Texas

May 6th, 2010
12:46 pm

01Hawk:

Lot of wrong numbers in that 7:03 post. There’s an internet that has all the correct numbers on it. Check it out.

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