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.