Archive for June, 2010

Stat of the day: Jurrjens

Jair Jurrjens collected his first win in six starts this season in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over the Nationals in his return from a two-month stint on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Jurrjens’ previous win came on Sept. 28 of last year 4-0 against the Marlins.

Jurrjens gave up only one run in five-plus innings Wednesday against the Nationals, allowing six hits, walking two and striking out six. He threw 85 pitches, including 56 for strikes.

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Braves clubhouse chatter after Jurrjens’ win vs. Nats

JAIR JURRJENS

On his outing

“I got the command that I was looking for, and I was able to hit my spots when I wanted to and I think that was the whole key to the game. The first inning I was a little bit nervous like I was making my debut again in the big leagues. I was trying to keep my nerves down and compose myself and just throw strikes.”

On whether he tired in the sixth

“I wanted to try to change the way I was getting the guys out and I started thinking a little bit too much and got myself in trouble and left pitches up and fell behind. When you fall behind hitters here, you’re going to get hit.”

On his fastball

“Not even my starts in Gwinnett did I have my fastball like had today. I don’t know if just the feeling of being back helped a little bit. The soreness that I’m going to feel tomorrow is going to be awesome. Especially on your first win of the season, it’s amazing, just to be able to come in and help the team out, win the series makes it more special.”

On coming …

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Prospect Vizcaino suffers partial ligament tear

Braves minor league pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino has been placed on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a partial tear in the ligament in his right elbow.  An examination by Dr. Doug Murray in Atlanta  determined Vizcaino does not need surgery.

Vizcaino will begin a rehabilitation program in Florida immediately and is expected to return to pitching in six weeks.

“We’ll send him to Orlando to rehab for a while,” Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp said. “Then we’ll see where we go.”

Vizcaino made his last start for Single-A Myrtle Beach on Friday, allowing one run in five innings at Potomac (Md.), and felt lingering soreness while throwing on the side, Kemp said.

Vizcaino, 19, who came over from the Yankees last winter in the Javier Vazquez trade, is one of the top pitching prospects in the Braves organization. He was 0-0 with a 4.61 ERA in three starts for Myrtle Beach after his promotion in early June. Prior to that, he went 9-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 12 …

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Braves raise $350,000 for charity

The Braves inaugural alumni weekend raised approximately $350,000 to benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation, the team announced.

Several events were held last weekend, including a Diamond Gala, alumni softball game, fan meet-and-greet and a golf outing.

Some of the Braves alumni participating were Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro, Sid Bream, Otis Nixon, Javy Lopez, Ron Gant, Brian Jordan, Charlie Leibrandt, Greg McMichael, Pete Smith and Zane Smith.

Proceeds from the events will benefit several metro-Atlanta charitable organizations through the Braves Foundation’s Grants Program.

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McLouth still “off and on”; Resop begins to throw

Braves manager Bobby Cox said Wednesday that outfielder Nate McLouth is still suffering from concussion symptoms and a timetable for his return is unknown.

Cox said McLouth was not feeling well after going through a workout outside, in the heat, Tuesday. McLouth was to work out indoors on Wednesday.

“It’s off and on,” Cox said.

McLouth was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 12 after an outfield collision with Jason Heyward.

In other injury news, reliever Chris Resop reported no issues after a long-toss session on Tuesday. It’s the first time Resop has thrown a baseball since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 16, the day after straining his left oblique. Resop was to have another long-toss session on Wednesday and hoped to throw a bullpen session by the weekend.

“You can’t rush it,” Resop said. “If you try to come back too fast, you could be out even longer.”

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Medlen ready to move forward as starter

Kris Medlen made his case. It was a good one.

The Braves right-hander won a spot in the starting rotation after filling in for the injured Jair Jurrjens, who returned to the mound Wednesday. With Jurrjens’ return, Kenshin Kawakami was moved to the bullpen.

“I wasn’t going in trying to make it a competition, battling KK out for the last spot,” Medlen said. “It wasn’t anything like that. I just wanted to go out and fill in for JJ while he was gone and I did that.”

Medlen (5-1, 3.15 ERA) will make his next start Friday against the Marlins.

In nine starts since Jurrjens went on the disabled list on April 29 with a hamstring injury, Medlen went 4-0 with a 3.42 ERA. He struck out 37 and walked just 10. Medlen won three games in June, with 22 strikeouts and four walks, to strengthen his chances of remaining in the rotation.

Kawakami (1-9, 4.48) got his first win in his last start on Saturday.

“Win-loss wise we weren’t winning when KK was pitching, even though if you look at his …

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Jurrjens makes long-awaited return to the mound

(Carroll Rogers is filling in for staff writer David O’Brien today.)

So after two long months, Jair Jurrjens makes his return to the mound tonight, and the easygoing kid from Curacao will have a smile back on his face. Well, more like that intense, yet calm, look from under his cap bill, but you know what I mean.

It’s been a while for him.

After two months out with a hamstring injury, Jurrjens is back.

After two months out with a hamstring injury, Jurrjens is back.

Doesn’t it seem like ages ago when the Braves were in St. Louis, and Jurrjens was getting pulled from that game after only one inning with a hamstring injury? That was April 29 and the last of the Braves’ nine-game losing streak.

Amazingly, without him, the Braves have gone 37-19 since then, played .661 ball and spent the last month in first place in the NL East.

So what happens with Jurrjens back in the mix? Well you figure better than 5-6, which is what the Braves’ record was since April 29 with Kenshin Kawakami on the mound. (Though that number is a little better than you …

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Stat of the day: Braves record vs. the NL East

After the Braves 7-2 loss to the Nationals Tuesday, they fell to 10-12 against the NL East. The Braves are still in first place by 1 1/2 games but with a losing record in their division.

Braves vs. NL East: 10-12

Braves was NL Central: 15-6

Braves vs. NL West: 11-9

Braves vs. AL: 9-6

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Braves comments after 7-2 loss on Tuesday

MARTIN PRADO

On Stammen

“He I faced him a couple years ago and he didn’t throw that cutter. Now he started throwing that cutter. It’s working for him and unfortunately we get the loss.”

On a letdown after Strasburg

“It’s not that. You feel like every pitcher has a different approach. It’s not about who’s throwing 100 and who’s the best pitcher. Every single pitcher comes to play against us. We’re in first place. They’re trying to play hard against us.”

On JJ’s return

“That’s a plus for us. Tomorrow is going to be a big day for us.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On Stammen

“He pounded the bottom of the zone, changed speeds, and kept us off-balance really from the start,” McCann said.

On coming off Monday’s high

“It’s not hard. It’s what we get paid to do, come out here and play. Everybody was up. You just tip your hat. He pitched a great game. He worked in, he worked out. He very rarely missed up. When he was ahead in the count, he buried all his pitches. You tip your hat to him. He really …

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Next for Braves: Jurrjens’ return on Wednesday

Next for Braves

Who: vs. Nationals

When: 7:10 p.m. Wednesday

TV; radio: SPSO; 680 AM, 100.5 FM

Probable starters: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (0-3, 6.38 ERA) vs. RH J.D. Martin (0-3, 3.03 ERA)

Wednesday’s matchup:

• Jurrjens returns to the mound for the first time since leaving an April 29 start in St. Louis with a hamstring strain. He went 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in three rehab outings in Triple-A Gwinnett, allowing 20 hits in 13 innings with a .357 opponents’ average. He is 2-1 with a 2.98 ERA in seven starts vs. the Nats.

• Martin has allowed two or fewer runs in four of his five starts this season but is still looking for his first win of the season. The Nationals have lost each of his five starts. He allowed five home runs in his first three starts (19 1/3 IP) and none in his last two (10 1/3 IP).

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