Jair Jurrjens watched Brandon Beachy start in his place for the third straight time Friday night, but there was at least good news for him Friday afternoon.
Jurrjens threw his second full bullpen of 45-50 pitches in three days, and he said his right knee felt good enough to pitch in a game.
“Some pitches I feel it, some pitches I don’t,” Jurrjens said. “It was good.”
Manager Bobby Cox had said he might pitch Jurrjens in relief this weekend against the Phillies. It would give him a chance to see if Jurrjens should have a spot on a potential postseason roster. Cox didn’t want to commit to that Friday afternoon. He’s more likely to test Jurrjens in relief if and when the Braves clinch the wild card.
“It’s just good to know that I think he could pitch,” Cox said.
But with the progress Jurrjens made Friday, the Braves can at least consider pitching Jurrjens in the Division Series, if they advance.
“Those are going to be some really hard decisions,” Cox said. “Really hard.”
Jurrjens said the torn meniscus in his right knee still bothered him when he shuffled, like he would do leading off a base. He wasn’t confident about baserunning or swinging a bat yet, but when asked if he’d be hurting the team to pitch now, Jurrjens said no.
Jurrjens said he’s prepared to accept whatever decision the Braves make.
“Right now it’s not about anybody personally, it’s about the team,” Jurrjens said. “Anything that’s going to be good for the team I will respect, just deal with it and have fun.”