After second good bullpen in three days, Jurrjens could be postseason option

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.”

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bruce

October 1st, 2010
7:33 pm

bruce

October 1st, 2010
7:35 pm

this is a great attitude by JJ… he has to be frustrated with all his injury woes this year.

mudcat

October 1st, 2010
7:42 pm

2011 will be JJ’s year.

Ryan

October 1st, 2010
8:11 pm

@Bruce Especially after the great year he had last year and the year prior where he anchored the staff as a rook. He pitches his heart out two years in a row, only to have his season derailed by injuries. Great attitude by him, really a mature bunch this Braves team is.

Chop Chop

October 1st, 2010
10:50 pm

No reason to have Jurrjens on the postseason roster. We’ve got plenty of healthy arms to choose from. I’m glad he’s sticking with it, though. I know the kid cares.

Stanley Crowe

October 1st, 2010
11:58 pm

Not a good night — looks like the Padres have discovered their bats and are on their way to winning tonight, so it looks as if our magic number will still be two tomorrow. I think that the odds are still with us, but I don’t like the way it all fell apart so quickly. I’m afaid this one’s on Brooksie. If he throws routinely to first (instead of poorly to a moving target),FIVE Philly runs don’t score in that inning, and the whole dynamic alters for whomever would be pitching in the seventh. Omar, Brian, and Jason — pick it up a bit! Alex — come on, man. You’re a good hitter. Derek — keep those ribbies coming. You guys can do it tomorrow.

Keith

October 2nd, 2010
9:36 am

Good news on JJ. It will be a really tough decision for Cox. I’m sure he’ll make the best one at the time. :)

Re: Stanley

Love the post, man. It was on Brooks, and he felt terrible. Wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t go 2-4 with a couple of doubles today. I’ll be there later. Would be fitting to clinch on the day Cox is honored.

GO BRAVES!

kevin Mckillop

October 2nd, 2010
12:10 pm

JJ should not be used anymore this season.If Bobby doe,s he playing with jurrens baseball future.Never put a pitcher in a game when they have a leg or foot problem.We can wait another year and have JJ back plus a new manager which we need bad.

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