Jair Jurrjens was scheduled to have his strained left hamstring examined by a doctor on Friday. The Braves right-hander hoped to be cleared to step up his rehabilitation for a return to the rotation.
“It feels great,” Jurrjens said. “Hopefully I’ll get cleared to start doing something off the mound, some stuff that’s more aggressive. … If I can make my own decision, I think by next week I can be doing something. I’ll see what they want to do.”
Jurrjens injured his hamstring preparing for a start against St. Louis on April 29 and had to be pulled after one inning. He suffered a setback while running in Milwaukee earlier this month. An MRI didn’t reveal a significant tear but enough swelling to cost him more several weeks.
Jurrjens is 0-3 with a 6.58 ERA in five starts this season and has been hampered by injuries since early February. He suffered shoulder inflammation after making an awkward throw in his native Curacao a week before reporting to spring training and missed two weeks of camp. He also suffered a thumb injury when he was jammed on a pitch.
Jurrjens maintains that he has not lost any arm strength during the injury as he has continued long tossing. Still, he’s eager to return.
“I’m trying to be patient,” Jurrjens said. “I think it’s running out a little bit.”