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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June 29th, 2010
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June 29th, 2010
8:33 pm

james

June 29th, 2010
8:38 pm

Max Sizemore

June 29th, 2010
9:43 pm

Just one question: if Jurrgens couldn’t get anybody out in his rehab starts, why do the Braves think he’ll do better at the major-league level?

hawesg

June 29th, 2010
10:05 pm

Does anyone else think they’re rushing Jair back? He should have at least one polished, dominant start in AAA before you know he’s ready.

droopydawg

June 30th, 2010
9:31 am

Max Sizemore – frequently during rehab starts, pitchers are focused less on winning a AA or AAA game than working on improving a pitch, arm strength, or delivery. Statistics for rehab starts are meaningless in determining whether someone is back to pitching at a major league level. His problems from early in the season (pre-DL) are more troubling.

Justin

June 30th, 2010
10:09 am

I think he has an arm issue anyways, hamstring injury was probably a result of that, but they have to keep pitching him until he needs surgery i’m sure, look at Smoltz and Hudson.

nick

June 30th, 2010
11:18 am

droopydawg is right. when tim hudson pitched for the G braves all he did was look at the MPH screen after his pitches. i am excited to have JJ back!

shelbydawkins

June 30th, 2010
12:08 pm

this has ‘future’ candidate for elbow/shoulder surgery WRITTEN ALL OVER IT

dennis gavin

June 30th, 2010
1:33 pm

I think Jurrigens’ start is the most important start of the season for the Braves. With a healthy JJ the pennant without JJ maybe wild card. JJ is /was the best pitcher on the Braves

Steve

June 30th, 2010
1:36 pm

Every pitcher has ‘Future’ candidate for elbow/shoulder surgery written all over it.

Why does everyone think he is being rushed? He has had over a month of throwing off the mound in rehab now, for a hamstring strain, not even a tear. I have seen NFL receivers come back in two weeks from hamstring strains running full tilt. The Braves have actually been OVERLY cautious.

While you can never rule out the possibility of Jurrgens hurting his arm by favoring his leg because he is scared of hurting it again, the real truth is h could still do that six more weeks from now if he is not mentally ready.

Everyone here needs to stop playing doctor because you have no idea what is really going on. I seriously doubt the Braves would be rushing him back with the way Medlen and Kawakami have been pitching lately. And yes, KK has pitched quite well over the last month.

BOISESTATEBRONCO

June 30th, 2010
6:26 pm

Whose spot does Jair take on the roster? Resop, I hope

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