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.”