Jair Jurrjens will start Tuesday’s series opener against the Padres, Braves manager Bobby Cox said. That means Kris Medlen will likely return to the rotation next Saturday against the Marlins in Florida.
Due to the Braves schedule and the All-Star break, Medlen last started on July 7, when he beat the Phillies. He will go 17 days between starts. The Braves did use Medlen for an inning of relief on July 11 against the Mets and he appeared in Friday’s game against the Brewers in relief of Tommy Hanson.
“We’ll keep Medlen resting a little bit in the bullpen,” Cox said. “That’s worked out perfect.”
Medlen has pitched 89-1/3 innings this season, 31 innings shy of his career high. He threw 120-1/3 innings in Double-A two seasons ago. Last season, between Triple-A and the Braves, Medlen threw 105-1/3 innings.
In his 11 starts since joining the starting rotation, Medlen is 5-0 with a 3.41 ERA. The Braves have gone 10-1 in his starts.
Jurrjens made his third start after coming off the disabled list with a hamstring injury on Thursday, getting a victory over the Brewers. He is 2-0 with a 2.62 ERA and 13 strikeouts in the past three starts.