Jurrjens’ knee shows improvement in 45-pitch bullpen

Jair Jurrjens saw significant improvement in his right knee during a bullpen session on Wednesday, giving some encouragement that he might be ready to pitch in the postseason, if the Braves advance.

Jurrjens threw 45 pitches at full strength, compared to only four in a bullpen session in Washington over the weekend.

“I could feel it, but definitely the pain went down,” Jurrjens said. “It seems like the pills are working so far. We’ll see how I bounce back tomorrow.”

Braves manager Bobby Cox said Jurrjens won’t start this weekend against the Phillies but if his knee continues to improve he could see some action in relief.

The weekend rotation is set with rookie Brandon Beachy starting on Friday, Tommy Hanson on Saturday, and Tim Hudson on Sunday.

Jurrjens started an anti-inflammatory dose pack on Monday after it was determined he would miss his second start since suffering a slight meniscus tear during a Sept. 17 bullpen.

Jurrjens’ biggest problem has been pushing off on pitches on that right knee. But he said that he made it farther into the session before that started to crop up, and his command was better.

“Sometimes on my slider, I will feel a sharper pain but my fastball and change-ups, I’m fine,” Jurrjens said. “A couple sliders I threw was the hardest pain I felt in the whole bullpen. (But) it’s getting better.”

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Reid in EAV

September 29th, 2010
4:09 pm

Hopefully JJ and the entire team can take some inspiration from Prado: keep playing until your body absolutely forbids it.

Also: first?

Andy

September 29th, 2010
4:20 pm

What a spot for Beachy. In a packed house Friday with the wild card race unresolved (at best the Braves would have clinched a tie, at worst they would currently be tied). Lets wish the kid some luck.

Joe Namath

September 29th, 2010
4:23 pm

I definitely don’t want to get ahead of myself and/or jinx anything, but IF (AND ONLY IF) the fates align such that the Braves have clinched the wild card before Sunday, Mike Minor/Christian Martinez/the Ghost of Kenshin Kawakami/Anybody-in-a-Red-Shirt-Not-Named Tim Hudson gets the start, correct?

Also, if that’s the case, who is more likely to take the mound? Kawakami or just some random guy in the stands wearing a red shirt? I’m thinking the latter.

Nevada Roy

September 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

Question – What happens if Atlanta and San Diego tie for the wild card? Is there a 1-game playoff Monday and where or do they go by the season record against each other?

Joe Namath

September 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

Also, thanks for the update on Jurrjens, Carroll. It’s nice to hear some good news on the injury front for a change. And please tell your grandmother I say hello.

Piedmont Blues

September 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

The magic number for the WC is four, correct? A win today and a Pad loss would be very sweet …

David O'Brien

September 29th, 2010
4:31 pm

If necessary, Atlanta would play either San Diego or San Francisco in a one-game playoff in Atlanta, by virtue of season-series record.

Joe Namath

September 29th, 2010
4:31 pm

If the Braves and Padres tie for the wild card, there will be a one-game playoff in Atlanta on Monday (the Braves won the season series 4-2). Same is true if the Braves and Giants tie (Braves also won that season series).

If all three teams end up in a tie, the Giants and Padres play on Monday to decide the division and the loser of that game would then have to fly to Atlanta on Tuesday to determine the wild card.

Joe Namath

September 29th, 2010
4:32 pm

Never mind. Thanks DOB.

bill_in_atl

September 29th, 2010
7:55 pm

I’m hoping the Braves clinch the WC and the Pads tie the Giants for the West (but ahead of the Reds). It’d be nice to have either of them have to run out their #1 starter before a short series with us.

And I’d also like to see a bloody series between Philly and the Reds with the Reds prevailing, but now I know I’m asking too much now.

Keith

September 29th, 2010
8:37 pm

HUGE WIN TONIGHT!!!!

Sweep is sweet. :)

Now let’s all cheer for the Cubbies tonight.

kaminari

September 29th, 2010
8:58 pm

Don’t count the chickens before they hatch. The Phillies are pounding the Nats (something we never got close to doing) with a grapefruit league lineup tonight.

I like the matchup between the Phils & Giants better than the Phils-Reds. I see the Phillies sweeping Big Red, but having problems with the Giants pitching. In six games between the Phils & Giants, the season series is dead even, 3-3. The Reds have a losing record against all post-season possibles, I think.

I’m cheering for the Reds to have a better record than the Giants, so the Phils have to face them. I like our chances against the Reds.

ABravesFan

September 30th, 2010
2:23 am

We need JJ for the playoff (knock on wood). Hope to see him pitch a solid inning or two in this weekend series. Regardless of the results, the Braves team this year has shown quite a lot of heart (even if that hasn’t necessarily translate to wins for stretches of time). I hope the season not only continue beyond this weekend but last well into November.

Kurt

September 30th, 2010
3:50 am

let’s just make it into the playoffs so we have a chance, we need to win it all to have a chance to sign Carl Crawford!!

Braves Fan Lost in Ohio

September 30th, 2010
4:07 am

Not crazy about JJ tipping that throwing his slider hurts more…

K with a K

September 30th, 2010
9:08 am

All Braves fans are being asked to wear navy blue to Friday’s home game! Let’s show some team unity. WEAR NAVY BLUE FRIDAY OCT 1st!! GO BRAVES!!

tony

September 30th, 2010
10:20 am

who cares about JJ he is never gonna start again this year. i assume we will go to a three man rotaion from here on out, with Lowe as our game one starter, as weird as that sounds.

braves29

September 30th, 2010
11:09 am

I guess that $40 million contract for Lowe for 4 years looks pretty good right now! 5-0 in September, who would have figured that?

Texas Braves Fan

September 30th, 2010
1:51 pm

As a Ranger season ticket holder, I got my playoff tickets in today, including World Series tickets. DEAR GOD: Please let it be Rangers vs BRAVES!! Amen.

Steve-o

September 30th, 2010
4:50 pm

Go Beachy. I’d rather see him in there than erratic JJ.

rayk

September 30th, 2010
5:20 pm

Braves probably need to win at least 1 vs Phils (not sure they can even if Phils rest guys). Maybe Cubs can beat SD tonight. Luckily, SD meets SD over weekend. That should be at least 2 losses for SD.
Having JJ pitch relief doesn’t help much. Better than nothing, but not by much.
Braves better off vs Reds than Giants as SF has 3 decent lefties- Zito, Bumgarner and Sanchez- besides Lincecum and Cain. Braves can’t hit righties or lefties, but even worse vs lefties.

edgar renteria

October 1st, 2010
3:06 pm

Hope Jurrjens pitches against Philly and Padres take the wildcard. Tired of hearing about this bum!

edgar renteria

October 1st, 2010
3:12 pm

In no way shape or form JJ should be on the post season roster. Leave Glaus off too, then he can DH for KC or something next year. Make KK a starter again, at least he didn’t blow a 9 run lead. Braves would have a playoff spot by now. Thanks Jurrjens and thanks Booby for leaving your starters in until they give up 7 RUNS.

edgar renteria

October 1st, 2010
3:13 pm

Wherever JJ goes Carroll is soon to follow.

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