Plan for Jurrjens: rehab assignment next week

PHOENIX — Jair Jurrjens impressed onlookers Monday when he threw in batting practice for the second time in four days, moving closer to his return from a hamstring injury that’s sidelined him since April 30.

He threw about 50 pitches against Braves hitters on the field at Bank One Ballpark and reported no discomfort in his right hamstring. Manager Bobby Cox and pitching coach Roger McDowell observed.

“Really good,” Cox said of Jurrjens’ work. “He’s fine.”

The plan is for the right-hander to throw a simulated game Friday in Minnesota before the Braves’  series opener against the Twins, then begin a minor league rehab assignment after four days’ rest.

Cox said Jurrjens would need at least two minor league rehab starts, and the Braves hope to have him in their rotation in late June.

It would mean “a lot” to get him back, Cox said. “He was an ace. We haven’t had him all year, really.”

Jurrjens, who was 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA in 2009, has been plagued by injuries since the beginning of spring training. He had an inflamed shoulder that delayed his first spring start by two weeks, then a jammed finger and the pulled hamstring, which he reinjured while testing it with sprints in Milwaukee 3-1/2 weeks ago.

He’s 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in five starts, including a career-worst start at San Diego, when he gave up eight runs in 3-1/3 innings to send his ERA soaring.

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bball fan

June 7th, 2010
9:19 pm

Hope he can slide back into the rotation quickly and return to last year’s form.

bill_in_atl

June 7th, 2010
9:43 pm

Getting a healthy Jair Jurrjens would be as good as any acquisition that any team will makes this season for the playoff run. The biggest question is whether Medlen or Kawakami will be the 5th starter.

[...] batting practice on Monday, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes here. Jurrjens is expected to throw a simulated game on Friday, then start a rehab assignment next week. [...]

Willie Humper

June 7th, 2010
10:09 pm

Does anyone know what the Mongolians used for money when they went to Wal-mart to buy their toothaches?

moldavite

June 7th, 2010
10:38 pm

staff of d lowe, hudson, hanson,medlin,jj sounds good to me. first place

the real OLD GOLD

June 7th, 2010
10:47 pm

Hope he throws one at Rome.

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Tom

June 8th, 2010
12:59 am

we all know JJ comes back bobby will stick medlin the pen and keep KK in the rotation.

Don

June 8th, 2010
8:41 am

We know that the hamstring will heal. But what, if anything, is being reported relating to JJ’s sholder injury. This was the problem before the hamstring problem – from the beginning of the season.
One has to wonder if this was not more significant than reported. Remember that he has not won a game all season and has an ERA of over 6.00 in about 5 starts before the hamstring problem.

Marc in FL

June 8th, 2010
8:52 am

KK was strong in the second half last year, but it’s hard to tell if that was from being a second-half type of player or from moving to the pen. I guess that’s what scouts are for.

Will love seeing JJ back out there.

!

June 8th, 2010
9:23 am

There’s no “i” in MEDLEN.

Melky way

June 8th, 2010
9:45 am

Medlin has to stay in the rotation .The young man is fearless.and not giving many walks.

Don

June 8th, 2010
9:57 am

Assuming JJ comes back effectively, how long do you think it will take Booby to place Medlin in the rotation instead of Kawakami? Remember that it took him 2 years to get Prado in for someone not producing. It took him 1/4 of the season to give Hinske a chance this year when he had two outfielders not producing. And he still has not given Infante a chance in the outfield with outfielders not producting. And he is still hitting Chipper in the 3rd spot in the batting order when he has not been producing for 1 and 1/3 seasons – even if you are going to leave him in the lineup – 3rd spot in the batting order – PLEASE. But from the view of the Cox supporters, all of this is apparently great – no matter how many games it costs.

GTSteve

June 8th, 2010
10:03 am

I am with Don on this one, I am more concerned about his shoulder!!

cdog

June 8th, 2010
10:30 am

THE BRAVES ARE NOT TRYING TO WIN.THEY HAVE PLAYERS,THE USUAL, TAKING GAMES OFF.THEY SHOULD BE DOMINATING TEAMS LIKE ARIZONA.THEY HAVE NO PRIDE.YUNEL ESCOBAR IS A LOSER TO HIS HEART.WHAT EVER IT TAKES TO LOSE. HE DOES IT.I KNOW THEY CAN COME UP WITH PERSONNEL BETTER THAN WHAT I SAW LAST NIGHT.BOBBY COX DOEN’T CARE ABOUT WINNING.HE SHOULD HAVE THE TEAM ON THE NEXT LEVEL NOEW THAT THEY ARE IN FIRST PLACE BUT NO, HE WANTS TO KEEP THE DIVISION CLOSE.THATS THE SIGN OF A LOSER.

ArkyTech

June 8th, 2010
10:46 am

Don, Kawakami has a better ERA than Lowe. Should we take him out of the rotation, too? The reason Cox is so successful is that he doesn’t make knee-jerk decisions like many other managers – and most fans.

Joey

June 8th, 2010
10:50 am

cdog, just stop watching the games. Please?

Don

June 8th, 2010
10:58 am

Arky Tech, “Knee-Jerk Decisions”???????? Do you mean like taking two years to start playing Prado as a regular when the other guy was not producing -and it was obvious to everyone. Or like taking 1/4 of the season and through a 9 game losing streak before giving Hinske a chance when he had 2 outfielders producing almost nothing at that point. Or like still not giving Infante a chance in the outfield with two outfielders producing next to nothing through 1/3 of the season. Or do you mean like keeping Chipper in the 3rd spot in the batting order during all of last season and now 1/3 of the way through this season with him not producting as a third place hitter – even if you are going to leave him in the lineup – 3rd place in the order – PLEASE. Or do you mean him finding a relief pitcher almost every season who is ineffective and using him over and over and over and losing game after game. Or do you mean like him using Greg Norton last season. And the list could go on. So all of this is good – no matter how many games it costs??????

MattC

June 8th, 2010
11:05 am

cdog…….shutup loser

Don

June 8th, 2010
11:16 am

Arky Tech, But you are right, Cox does not make “Knee Jerk Decisions” –Boobys decisions are more like a “Snail Completing a Marathon Decisions”.

cdog

June 8th, 2010
11:53 am

JOEY AND MATTC, YOU DON’T LIKE HEARING THE TRUTH?I GET TIRED OF THE SAME OLD LOSING MENTALITY OF THE BRAVES AND BOBBY COX EVERY YEAR.CHIPPER JONES IS SPONGING OFF THE TEAM.THEY SHOULD BE DOMINATING TEAMS LIKE THE DODGERS AND ARIZONA. INSTEAD THEY GO OUT AND LOSE TO THEM.THEY ARE A STUPID TEAM WITH A STUPID MANAGER.

Melky way

June 8th, 2010
11:56 am

cdog,take your cap button off and take a chill pill

cdog

June 8th, 2010
11:56 am

JOEY AND MATTC, TO PROVE MY POINT, WHY IS COX STILL SENDING OUT A PITCHER WHO IS 0-9? BUDDY BUDDY SYSTEM WILL COST YOU A TRIP TO THE PLAYOFFS.DOES COX CARE? NO HE DOESN’T

Mark Lemke

June 8th, 2010
12:38 pm

We all know that Bobby Cox is horrible about leaving players in too long. Don’s post was spot on. Two years to play Mark Prado over Kelly Johnson? How many games did we have to see Kelly not producing in order to play Prado who hit .300 whenever he played? Omar needs more playing time. The guy is just like Prado. He can flat out hit. It’s not going to hurt my feelings if Chip stays on the DL for a 15-30 game skid. I love you Chip but Omar actually gets extra base hits and has more then an OBP. Go play golf with Smoltz.

JJ will be the best addition to a team this year. Medlin had better stats then Hanson when they were called up. He is fearless and doesn’t care to pitch strikes. Right now Hanson can’t find his control for anything. He reminds me of Tom Glavine in the first couple of innings. If Glavine could go scoreless through the first two innings, we knew he would produce great things in the ball game! :)

Reality 4

June 8th, 2010
2:13 pm

I would put Medlen back in the pen as a set-up man. For those of you who criticize KK, how comfortable do you feel KK coming in in the 7th or 8th inning? KK seems to have problem in the first inning often. We need a reliever who can come in and shut the opponent down for an inning or two. Medlen seems to be a better fit there than KK. KK’s win-loss record looks bad, but he definitely has pitched better than his W-L record shows.

cdog

June 8th, 2010
3:07 pm

melkyway, is there a rule about using the cap buttons? i don’t think so.are you trying to get me?it won’t work.i just want to see bobby cox and the braves use common sense and win the games they are suppose to win.hope this will satisfy you, melkyway but i believe or hope you can read even if its caps or not

cdog

June 8th, 2010
3:10 pm

BOBBY COX NEEDS TO MAKE ANEARLY EXIT IF WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE SAME STUPID MOVES AND BLUNDERS OF THE LAST 3 YEARS.

Chopdawg

June 8th, 2010
4:38 pm

Dunno if the rehab schedule for JJ works out for him to be in Rome, looks like he’d pitch somewhere on the 16th if he throws Friday in Minnesota, neither Rome nor Gwinnett is home on the 16th; JJ’s next rehab might come on the 21st which is during the SAL All-Star break

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[...] with another useful fantasy line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB, 5 Ks. He’ll get the Royals next. We won’t see Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) until late-June, and that’s if everything goes well in his rehab starts. The under-owned Troy Glaus(notes) [...]

[...] with another useful fantasy line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB, 5 Ks. He’ll get the Royals next. We won’t see Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) until late-June, and that’s if everything goes well in his rehab starts. The under-owned Troy Glaus(notes) [...]

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