Jurrjens targeting next week to start minor league rehab

After two pain-free bullpen sessions, Jair Jurrjens could throw the first start of his minor league rehabilitation as early as next week, if all continues to go well.

Jurrjens threw 45 pitches in a bullpen Monday, mixing in all his pitches, and said he’s able to pitch without pain in his left hamstring.

“I don’t feel anything,” Jurrjens said. “I feel normal. I’m just trying to get my conditioning up and get my location back on my pitches.”

Jurrjens has been on the disabled list since April 30 with a strained hamstring, which he re-injured running in the outfield in Milwaukee three weeks ago.

He threw his first two bullpen sessions Saturday and Monday and will continue building up arm strength by throwing every other day, working up to a round of live batting practice on the Braves’ upcoming road trip. If all goes as expected, Jurrjens said he’ll leave the team from Arizona next week for a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said Jurrjens will need a minimum of two outings in the minor leagues before he’s ready to pitch again, so he’s still a possibly to return to the mound in late June.

“It’ll be like making a major trade,” Cox said.

Jurrjens hasn’t run harder than about 50 percent – sprinting is what he was doing in Milwaukee when he re-injured it – but he said his focus is more on his arm than testing his hamstring to its limits.

“I’m not worried about sprinting right now, just worried about being on the mound pitching without pain,” Jurrjens said. “I don’t care if I can cover first or anything. If I can throw strikes and pitch without pain, it’ll be good.”

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beauvighn

May 31st, 2010
2:50 pm

So I guess Medlen goes back to the bull pen in a couple weeks…what a waste..

Michael Procton

May 31st, 2010
3:38 pm

Yes, what a waste to have a kid who’s proven he’s better as a reliever pitching out of the ‘pen. Or maybe you’d rather have Kawakami there, in spite of the fact that he doesn’t have a reliever’s stuff or mentality.

Reid Adair

May 31st, 2010
4:15 pm

It will only be “like a major trade” if Jair Jurrjens takes Kenshin Kawakami’s spot in the rotation. I have been much more impressed with Kris Medlen as a starter than Kawakami over the last year-plus.

boomerfanca

May 31st, 2010
4:16 pm

I soooooo agree. Medlen needs to stay in rotation. He has proven he belongs. He just a bulldog on the mound. Goes right after hitter. Greatr job Kris

JMAYNE

May 31st, 2010
4:36 pm

Bobby is gonna leave kk in there. His last two or three outings have been good, and medlin’s versatility in the bullpen is what makes him so valuable. I have no doubt that he will be one of the braves starting five soon. Possibly next season. Venters is in the pen but he will probably end up in the rotation as well. Add Mike Minor with JJ and Hanson. Thats a pretty good starting five in a couple years. But Cox likes KK and he is pitching much better than his numbers show.

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 31st, 2010
5:06 pm

Chris Resop has to be in the plans or he walks Jun 15.

p

May 31st, 2010
5:47 pm

send kawakami to the pen- he’s lost his spot

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Mathman

May 31st, 2010
7:10 pm

Update from Myrtle Beach. Julio Teheran pitched 8 innings today in a victory: 8 IP- 6 hits-0 ER– 0 BB’s– 14 K’s. Teheran is on the fast track, 20 years old and has already been in Rome this year. Look for Teheran to finish the season at Miss, go to the Arizona Dev League, and be in the ML camp next March with a chance to make the team in 2012.

Stats: MB– 21 IP– 14 hits– 1 ER– 4BB’s– 28 K’s– W 2 L 0.
Rome: 39 1/3 IP– 23 hits-5 ER– 14 BB’s– 73 K’s–W 2 L 2

Totals: 60 1/3 IP– 37 hits– 6 ER– 18 BB’s– 101 K’s–Won 4 lost 2.

As for KK, he is not as good a pitcher as Medlin period. Doesn’t matter if it is the bullpen or starter. Medlin is better period. I have said it before and I will say it again. If you get KK a one run lead, he will lose it. If he gets a 2 run lead, he loses it. He cann’t keep his team the lead. He also leads the staff in homers allowed. Very expensive mistake for Wrenn. Resop could do much better NOW.

MattC

May 31st, 2010
9:33 pm

Make Kawikami go to pen Medlen could be another Maddux if they would give him the chance

AndyA

May 31st, 2010
11:14 pm

Kawakami has pitched better of late, but Medlen has been better, especially for a guy that isn’t stretched out to go deep into games yet. If Kawakami can’t handle relief, use him as the long relief guy only coming in when something goes wrong. If Medlen is going to be in the rotation in a year or two (not really sure who’s spot he takes, since Kawakami will still make 8 figures next year) then he needs to be getting starts every 5th day. I say he’s the best 5th starter in the NL East, maybe in the NL.

is30303

May 31st, 2010
11:26 pm

KK can go to the pen and he did it last year.

Problem is whether Medlin’s arm will hold up. He has never pitched a “full” load. I like Medlin over KK though. If you watch the games, it doesn’t take a genius to see that Bobby’s been working Medlin to get ready for this last year and this year.

Troy Glaus

June 1st, 2010
1:07 am

Medlin needs a third pitch if he is gonna last in the majors as a starter. Right now he is a fastball changeup pitcher ( and no, he is not the next Greg Maddux ) He needs a third pitch to round it out and from what ive seen his curveball isnt a very good pitch for him.

Greg

June 1st, 2010
1:47 am

KK needs more rest he is a spot starter. Would like to see him stay with club. He did come on strong last year. Face it I have been watching Braves since 66 Medlin and KK at times would have been the 2-3 starters on the team.

Renee Stimens

June 1st, 2010
5:42 am

KK has gone pitch to pitch with some of the game’s better starters. Medlen hasn’t shown that ability. When KK starts to get some run support he’ll be just fine.

Buffalo Guy

June 1st, 2010
6:47 am

Jurrjens needs to ( or the Braves need to ) hire someone to see this talent maintains his physical conditioning or his talent will go to waste.

hmmm Nate

June 1st, 2010
8:00 am

If the Braves scored any runs for KK, he would be 4-3 or 4-4. He is a great pitcher.

Nate needs to sit on the bench, his defensive is good but I cant see how him going 0-4 with 3 SOs every game is worth his 5 outs a game (Melky has a better arm)

Ezekiel

June 1st, 2010
8:24 am

Just cut Kawakami or work a buyout with his agent. Medlen is better and so are a couple of the guys in the minors right now. We’ve got a chance to make this playoffs this year, don’t waste games with Kawakami that we’ll need later in the season. Own up to the mistake, dump Kawakami and move on.

LarryA

June 1st, 2010
8:39 am

Folks seem to forget Medlin was a starter at AAA and his stats last season were better than Hansons when he was called up, as a starter. And it is hard to be better cause Hansons stats were quite good. I have always felt he would be a starter in the bigs, but he was able to work out of the ‘pen and that is what the Braves needed. Not sure KK can.

KK has not pitched poorly of late, has he pitched as well as Medlin, no but I doubt Medlin can keep this up for long either – he is still a bit of an unknown to the league as hitters have not seen that much of him. Second and third time around can get rough sometimes. Medlin definitely needs another pitch long term.

Also, KK seems to be a very slow starter, not sure why but he definitely improves as the weather warms so I am not convinced he won’t be OK in the long run. Now if we get to the end of June and he is still roulette, then something has to give.

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June 1st, 2010
8:47 am

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kshizzle

June 1st, 2010
9:12 am

I can handle KK as the 5th starter if Cox feels Medlin is better for long relief. However if Hanson, Hudson, Jurjens and Lowe pitch as good as they can then long relief will not be an issue. Thus Medlin is wasted. I’d rather waste KK as my long reliever. Move KK out and Medlin in officially.

Junior

June 1st, 2010
11:02 am

For mathman, Teheran is 19, not 20. So even better.

And LarryA, while Medlen did start last year in AAA, people also tend to forget that the guy has NEVER been a starter for a full season at any point of his professional career, and has never gone over 120 innings in a season.

Art Vandelay

June 1st, 2010
11:14 am

As much as I’d prefer Medlen in the rotation over KK, in reality it’s not really that much of a step up. Kawakami has been considerably better than his numbers indicate, and with some run support would be 4-4 or so right now. I hate to say it because he’s one of my favorite young players, but we could probably get a king’s ransom for Medlen from a team that needs to improve its starting rotation. He’s one of our top trade chips when Jurrjens gets healthy.

Matt

June 1st, 2010
11:33 am

So what if Kawakami has been better lately? Medlen’s been good the whole year.

Dorothy Davis

June 1st, 2010
11:35 am

O.K. you Glaus bashers; what do you say now? Who hasn’t had a slow start? But who else has driven in 28 runs in 28 days? No one I can think of. And Cabrera is making his mark too. I’d say the Braves have a solid line-up and decent pitching, (maybe not the Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz years) but they keep their team in the game. And after all, if you don’t produce runs, pitching doesn’t matter in the end. I’ve always said: Good hitting beats good pitching) Case in point: Watch the Braves this year. Can they go all the way this year? YOU BET!!!!!

Chopper

June 1st, 2010
11:37 am

The last two spots in the bullpen don’t get a lot of action, just in mop up duty. With the addition of Johnny Venters, I think the bullpen spot that Medlen was occupying has been backfilled. So the Braves could send Kawakami to the bullpen into a mop-up/long relief spot and not be worried about whether KK is geared for that type of role.

And if I hear one more person say that Kawakami has pitched better than his numbers indicate I’m going to lose it. The guy has a 4.66 ERA, has more hits than innings pitched, gets half as many strikeouts as he pitches innings and has given up 8 HR’s (most on the Braves) in fewer innings than any the other starters (even if you count Jurrjens/Medlen as one starter). That’s why he isn’t pitching well, it has nothing to do with run support. That’s the biggest bullsh*t copout I’ve ever heard. Derek Lowe isn’t any better, I don’t care what his record says. Both of them stink. But Lowe at least has a track record that you can lean on to say you know what he CAN do. KK has had two seasons of awful results. It’s time to make Medlen the 5th starter and put KK in a long relief role.

j

June 1st, 2010
11:46 am

Kawakami is a good pitcher…For the homerun derby. He can’t keep a lead for more than 2 batters. He is being paid like a 2 or 3 pitcher.

the drake

June 1st, 2010
12:31 pm

Although the ERAs of Lowe & KK are similar, there is a distinct difference between these 2. For as much as DLowe can be frustrating to watch, he seems to have a knack for pitching just well enough to win. While KK seems to have a knack for pitching just bad enough to lose. If KK got 7 runs of support, he is likely to give up 8.

varoadrunner

June 1st, 2010
1:33 pm

Medlen has to be the #5 starter!!!! Moving KK needs to be the long manin the pen. Anything that leaves KK in as a starter would be stupid managing whether it be Wren or Cox. Medlen is at the top of his game right now and deserves to remain a starter. Come on Bobby, nothing stupid.

T.O

June 1st, 2010
1:34 pm

I can’t wait to free up that 8 million and 15 million when D. Lowe and KK’s contracts are up. That’s going to be a great day for the Braves organization. Put some real tallent around J-hey, Jair and Hansen. We’ll be done paying Chipper his 15 million as well. I look forward to seeing who the Braves will be adding to lead them in the next decade.

Mad Dog

June 1st, 2010
2:05 pm

Matt C- Please put down the bong and back away. Medlen= the next Maddux. Yeah, whatever.
He’s a good player but not top 5 of all time- not even top 500.
Check yourself in- there are places that can help you. You just have to want to help yourself

Jamie's Easterly

June 1st, 2010
2:17 pm

Yes, KK needs to go to the bullpen. Rotation, July 1st: Jerrijens, Medlen, Hanson, Lowe, Hudson. Bullpen: Venters, Kamakami, Saito, Wagner,O’Flanery,Chavez,and Moylan. Maybe we could use KK in Chavez’s spot and send to the minors and bring Kimbrell back up.

Jamie's Easterly

June 1st, 2010
2:18 pm

Send Chavez to Gwinnett is what i meant to type.

Ed

June 1st, 2010
3:59 pm

whatever happened to Jojo Reyes?

Melky way

June 1st, 2010
5:20 pm

Jo jo was traded to the Brewers for six bats and Bob Ukers false teeth.Just kidding

enick755

June 1st, 2010
5:33 pm

Put Kawakami in bullpen. Leave Medlin is starting rotation.

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