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.”