Braves clubhouse chatter after Jurrjens’ win vs. Nats


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 back after two months

“That was the worst two months of my life, not able to be out there and help the team out. Trying to have the same fun when you’re outside and not playing is not the same fun being a part of it. Just to be able to be a part right now is awesome.”

On his base hit

“I saw the two holes, I said, ‘What the heck, I’ll try to swing.’”

 On the side benefit of getting his shoulder rested

It gave me a chance to get my shoulder strength back. Since the injury in spring training, I backed off doing my shoulder program. Before I went to get injured with my hamstring, my shoulder was getting a little bit weak from not doing strengthening. Those two months helped me to get back on my program.”

On better results vs. Nats than in rehab outings

“It helps a little bit when you know the hitters too. It’s like here you can watch tapes and down there you don’t have anything, you just try to throw strikes, try to get the hitters out. It’s a good feeling to have your teammates behind you. It’s like feeling back at home.”


On Jurrjens’ outing

“I thought he would pitch good, but not like he always did the very first time out. I just didn’t have a read on it. and he was the same old ace, just overpowering. He got a little tired, I think. He didn’t admit to it or anything, but we were going to try to get him up to 95 pitches tonight and he had been in the low 80s (in Gwinnett) and it’s humid. It wasn’t as hot, but the humidity was unreal.”

On Jurrjens being totally healthy

“I thought he was just outstanding, to me this is his first start of the year. This is the first time he’s been healthy, he couldn’t grip the ball, couldn’t feel it, then he pulled the hamstring. He’s been a mess up until now with those issues, but he’s right on target for me. He couldn’t have been any more impressive for me.”


On Jurrjens’ pitching

“It was great to see him be JJ,” Diaz said. “In the first inning when he threw 94, we all kind of looked at each other in the dugout like, ‘OK, all right, we remember now.’ So it’s been nice.”

On Jurrjens’ hitting

“I don’t know if he was happier to get the win or get that slash hit. He was talking trash that he had more hits on rehab assignment than I did and he almost did.” (Jurrjens had 2 hits, Diaz had 3 on rehab assignments in Gwinnett.)

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David..(Athens, AL)

June 30th, 2010
11:47 pm

WOW … great start by JJ


June 30th, 2010
11:53 pm

Man, the rotation just got a whole lot better for a first place club. You gotta like that.

YoungerThan ThatNow

July 1st, 2010
12:00 am

A real shot in the arm having JJ back to his old reliable self. JJ will be the pitcher among these young guys that we will remember the most… but then, I thought that about Steve Avery in ‘91. But you can’t predict the injuries or the future. If this group of young guys go on to have careers like that young group did in the early 90’s, then we Braves fans have a lot to look forward to. I can’t wait!


July 1st, 2010
12:17 am

Winning the series vs division foe–a real shot in the arm (pun intended) for JJ and our Bravos!!!


July 1st, 2010
12:21 am

We replaced KK in the rotation with Jurrjens. We are getting Diaz back, then hopfully a healthier Heyward back in a couple of weeks. Things ain’t looking too bad.


July 1st, 2010
12:26 am

My two cents here is (let’s not let it for 14mire years) gonna sound brokenskippingrecord , but my-goodness this team is so focused in yet completely loose it is a wonderfully refreshing summer despite the southeastern U.S. heat index.
Savoring this as fans will nurture an awesome team (young) into & beyond the forthcoming trials of a post- Bobby /Chipper era…..let’s keep this thang rollin’ onward ; GO BRAVES !

Go Bravos

July 1st, 2010
12:28 am

We need the pitching of JJ to come through as Hanson and Lowe are a bit puzzling their last 2 outings, especially Hanson. Maybe we get it together in 2nd half of season and win this thing. Congrats to JJ! Job well done (and great hit, also)! Love to see Wagner shut ‘em down like he can. He will be missed next season. Maybe we offer him 10-15 Million to stay an extra year (Ha Ha). Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


July 1st, 2010
12:31 am

@BobtheBlogger: don’t forget Gregor Blanco + the deeprooted plus Venters has brought while bringin’ high stockinged ,team oriented badassdome to the mound in latter innings(I’m certain hangin w/ Wags is rubbin off on that entire relief crew & thank warren spahn he is doin so)- the bullpens the whoppin story here ,IMO…


July 1st, 2010
1:59 am

Great start by JJ, if he comes back to form, we are going to have a great rotation.. One of, if not the best rotation in the NL.


Vinny D

July 1st, 2010
6:34 am

It sure is nice to see a Hinske or Infante up to bat off the bench instead of Norton. When Hinske gets up there, I have come to expect something good. The guy is a professional who plays the game the way it should be played.

Peachtree John

July 1st, 2010
7:32 am

Lookin forward to our 1st baseman to get the eye and the stroke back. His hot streak was a beautiful thing to behold. Let’s trust that after the all star break, all will come together and pound the league into the dust—-then not stop until after the “big tournament” is over!
Go Braves!!!

Braves Fan since '77

July 1st, 2010
8:24 am

Why’d they send down Martinez when they took JJ off the DL? I thought he’d been more effective than Chavez. They’re not out of options with Chavez, are they?

JJ’s return surpassed my expectations. That was outstanding, especially getting out of that jam in the 5th when he had lost his heater. Bobby did leave him in too long but Moylan saved Bobby’s butt. JJ will get that stamina back now that he can get back into a major league routine.

Peachtree John is right about the big fella, I think he needs a break. Maybe play Prado at 1st next couple of games against righties, use Infante at 2nd. Diaz can spell Hinske in LF against lefties and for late inning defense. Hope Diaz has his .300 career avg. swing back – you know Bobby is going to play him.

This team will be completedly healthy after the All-Star Break (OK, the thumb will still nag Heyward a little), and boy are they going to be fun to watch.


July 1st, 2010
8:54 am

The Braves should sit Heyward until his thumb is completely healed.


July 1st, 2010
9:31 am

Welcome back JJ!

Melky way

July 1st, 2010
9:41 am

We have our Ace back JJ should pick up where he left off last year.GO BRAVES!


July 1st, 2010
10:20 am

Chavez is not out of options. If you recall, they were sending Chavez to Gwinnett when Resop was recalled, and then Resop got hurt.

Kudos to Blanco. He is doing well. Probably needs to hit in the 2-hole, since he can bunt. We don’t miss McLouse. Blanco actually has a higher on base percentage than Nate in his major league career. Blanco will start the next 4 games against righthanders. Mark it down. Then, Tuesday Infante and Diaz will start against Hamels.


July 1st, 2010
10:39 am

Way to start JJ!!! Good to see him lookin pretty sharp…he was much stronger than I had expected him to be at 7:09 last night. If he can really get back to his dominating old self for an extended period of time, Hanson can shake off his funk and Meds keeps pitchin the way he has been as of late then I feel like we have our “big three” of my generation. WAY TO GO BRAVES AND JJ!


July 1st, 2010
11:54 am

way to go JJ! can’t wait to see what this rotation can do if he keeps pitching like this.


July 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

I think the rotation will be.
1. Hudson
1A. JJ
3. Hanson
4. Medlin
5. Lowe


July 1st, 2010
12:31 pm

2010 Braves MLB Playoff Rotation

1. Tim Hudson
2. Jair Jurrjens
3. Tommy Hanson
4. Kris Medlen

Mr Cox wouldn’t put D. Lowe in there as the Ol Veteran would he? Here’s hoping D. Lowe is residing in another city after being traded for a bucket of used batting practice balls, 2 bags of sunflower seeds, and a can of “Sweat-Be-Gone.” Then again D. Lowe will need all of those cans for himself.

Please…some desperate MLB team that needs pitching….come get D. Lowe. Hell we’ll even pay half the dang contract!!


July 1st, 2010
2:04 pm

We still need an outfielder who can hit and hit with power. Blanco and Melky (aka curly and moe) just don’t fit the bill.

Braves for the run

July 1st, 2010
3:02 pm

From what I am reading, the braves are looking for a right handed bat. They are serious in the quest to be the best. Good for them.

61 year Braves Fan

July 1st, 2010
3:43 pm

The right handed bat could be B.J. Upton from Tampa. A potential 5 tool player but now on the outs
in Tampa. Braves management should get serious and go get him.


July 1st, 2010
3:48 pm

Now it’s time to worry about Tommy H . . .what is his ERA the last two starts? 6 summin.

jay dubu

July 1st, 2010
6:26 pm

@61 year Braves Fan, they Braves don’t bring in guys that are known for having bad attitudes, and if they discover them once they’re on the team they ship them out asap.

There’s a reason that he’s on the outs in Tampa, and I’m sure that the Braves are aware of this.


July 1st, 2010
7:01 pm

Trade some bodies for Dan Haren or Cliff Lee. Lets get even better.


July 2nd, 2010
7:49 am

If Tampa doesn’t want him why do we? I don’t like his attitude. Longoria was right to get in his face. He’s batting .226. What’s so special about this guy? I agree we need a righty bat but not him. When did Gregor become more valuable than Nate? We need some production from the outfield.


July 2nd, 2010
9:14 am

werre better then tampa and they dont want him end of discussion


July 2nd, 2010
9:19 am

what id really do is call up scheafer i know hes not hiiting at dwinett but…then hire otis to teach him how to drag bunt if were loking for speed and defence problem solved if were lloking for anything likee poewer additude or on base percentage then eather willingham or hart are far better options then upton if were looking for trouble then by all means get him


July 2nd, 2010
1:40 pm

Man this Rotation is nasty!!!! Medlen= Greg “Maddog” Maddux Hanson = John Smoltz JJ= Kevin Millwood and a toss up DLowe= Brad Clontz LOL man I’m glad to have JJ back. I don’t know about yal but I love this kid he has a great heart extremely nice off the mound and extremely nasty on the mound! Lets go get These Marlins , Bravos!!!!


July 2nd, 2010
1:42 pm

OH did I forget to Mention we also have this guy back named Tim Hudson. Ya we’ve had him for awhile but couldn’t really recognize him from the same guy we traded Oakland Joey Devine for. Now he’s starting to looking his old unhittable self with a nice 8-3 record and a sub 2.37 ERA!!!

Lets go get em Kris “Maddog” Medlen!!

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