Jurrjen to have hamstring examined

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.”

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JohnSmith

May 28th, 2010
7:20 pm

How huge would it be for JJ to come back and help out the team? Especially if we could keep Medlen in the rotation, and possibly move KK down to the ‘pen as our newest long reliever…

KnightInATL

May 29th, 2010
10:44 am

I think its a no-brainer to keep Medlen in the rotation when JJ returns. Have the Braves said how many starts he’ll make in Gwinnett before rejoining the team?

Resign or Re-sign?

May 29th, 2010
10:58 am

I am not a KK hater; but I have to agree that Medlin, whom I’ve always been a fan of also (I mean, he pitches for the Braves, right?..how can I not?), deserves to stay in the rotation if, and when, JJ is able to return.

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