Washington – Jair Jurrjens is still struggling to push off on pitches in the bullpen, but the Braves are holding out hope he can start Tuesday against the Marlins.
The Braves will wait until returning home Monday to decide.
Jurrjens missed his last scheduled start a week ago in Philadelphia with a slight meniscus tear in his right knee. In three bullpen sessions this weekend in Washington, he hasn’t been able to throw more than 10 pitches at full effort before his knee hinders his release and therefore his command.
“Yesterday the pain came quicker than today,” Jurrjens said Sunday, shortly after throwing a side session, with only a handful of pitches at game effort. “It’s getting better, but it’s not there yet. But time is not working on our side right now.”
Jurrjens, who received a cortisone shot after first injuring his knee in the bullpen in New York, said he will receive a pain-relieving injection of another kind on Monday.
“It’s not going to be cortisone, but it’ll be