Injury updates on Jurrjens, Saito, O’Flaherty

Jair Jurrjens was scheduled to throw in an instructional league game Tuesday night at the Braves complex in Orlando to help the Braves decide if and when he could be added to a postseason roster.

The Braves are not including him in their rotation plans for the Division Series, but they’re not ruling out adding him to the roster for this round and possibly the NLCS.

Jurrjens missed his last three starts of the regular season with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He’s thrown two 45-50 pitch bullpen sessions and still felt pain, but the Braves wanted to test him in a game scenario.

“It helps us in the decision-making process, knowing exactly where he is, whether it’s for this round or the next round if we get there,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “This is just making sure that he can handle three or four innings of regular pitching, rather than doing a 20-minute bullpen. It gives us more indication of what his real health is.”

Reliever Takashi Saito said Tuesday he’s been told he will not be on the Braves postseason roster. Saito has been battling shoulder tendinitis. He struggled in his first outing in two weeks Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in 1/3 inning against the Phillies.

Saito threw a 25-pitch bullpen at Tuesday’s workout, which he said was pain-free but he wasn’t terribly excited about it.

“It wasn’t bad,” he said.

Saito made the trip to San Francisco with the Braves in case of an injury.

“I preferred to go down to Florida right now and pitch there, but we’ll see about that,” Saito said through our interpreter. “But I’m willing to do whatever they want me to do.”

Reliever Eric O’Flaherty made the trip but he won’t be able to pitch because of continuing problems with blurred vision.

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October 5th, 2010
5:27 pm


Did Bobby give any indication as to why he’s going with Hanson in Game 2 as opposed to Hudson? I’m just wondering why he’s more confident in Hanson in a Game 5 as opposed to Hudson if it goes that far.


October 5th, 2010
5:43 pm

Charlie, I don’t think that’s how Bobby’s thought process works. In his mind, Hudson and Hanson are both going to pitch well, and he doesn’t have more faith in one than the other. My guess is that he simply decided to keep them in the order they already were in to avoid any long layoffs. If you have Hanson pitching game 3, that’s 8 days between starts, with the standard 5 days for Hudson. I think that’s probably too long a delay between starts for Hanson, whereas Hudson is more experienced, and could probably use a day or two extra after starting on short rest anyway.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

October 5th, 2010
5:48 pm

JMar – I’m just thanking god with the way he’s been pitching, we have D. Lowe going in Game 1.

.Mike S

October 5th, 2010
6:15 pm

Bobby said today that Hudson needs the extra rest and that is why he is pitching game 3 and Hanson is pitching game 2.

Younger Than That Now

October 5th, 2010
6:17 pm

I was at the ballpark for the last two home starts for DLowe and he looked as good as I’ve ever seen him, even going back to his Boston days. Very strong. It’s easier to tell when you’re there and close by, but I would guess that of the opposing batters that made solid contact against him, at least half of them broke their bats. That my friends is a sign of a good heavy sinker, and he had it going in both of those games. I feel very good about him right now and hope he carries this on for a few more weeks at least.

[...] Carroll Rogers reports,  Saito (shoulder tendonitis) will make the trip to San Francisco and will be ready to rejoin the team in event of an injury to someone else, and Jair Jurrjens will [...]


October 5th, 2010
7:03 pm

Darryl Blackberry

October 5th, 2010
7:18 pm


October 5th, 2010
7:50 pm

Charlie –
” Hudson said that he understood the decision to send Hanson to the mound for Game 2. If the Braves had chose to go with Hanson in Game 3, he would have had seven days of rest between starts.

“It’s not a good thing if you get too much rest,” Hudson said. “We need to keep him sharp.” “

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 5th, 2010
8:23 pm

If it goes 5, Hudson should be ready to start game 1 of the NLCS and can pitch 3 games, if necessary.


October 5th, 2010
9:15 pm

great point dawgdad.

would much rather have hudson facing halladay in that series than hanson.

Roy Bama

October 5th, 2010
9:41 pm

Who cares? They’re all losers!


October 5th, 2010
9:49 pm


October 5th, 2010
10:22 pm

Hope Billy Wagner gets into all games. Chances of winning the games
with the ball in his hand are good. Other than the eighth-inning near disaster
on Sunday, he’s been outstanding.


October 6th, 2010
12:04 am

Also it makes sense not to throw two sinker/slider pitchers back to back…


October 6th, 2010
11:29 am

Bobby’s using his starters the right way, I think. Hanson, then Hudson, puts them in their normal positions with appropriate rest. I just hope when he turns to the bullpen he remembers how solid Kimbrel has been, especially against righthanders. He is a better choice than Ventors or Farnsworth in clutch situations. I would prefer not to see Farnsworth at all, unless we have an 11 run lead.

what goes around

October 6th, 2010
8:55 pm

It is amazing how really deep we are in the bullpen this year even with the injuries-maybe as good as we have ever been. I would really like to see O’Flaherty back though. Dunn is good but not as good as O’Flaherty. I agree that Kimbrell is the real deal. He makes up for the loss of Saito.

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