SAN FRANCISCO — Jair Jurrjens flew from Florida to rejoin the Braves in San Francisco on Wednesday, and manager Bobby Cox said the pitcher might be ready to start in the next round if the Braves advance.
Jurrjens threw 55 pitches in four innings of a start Tuesday in the Instructional League. He reported no pain in his right knee, after missing his last three regular-season starts with torn meniscus.
“It’s a good sign, a sign it’s getting better,” Jurrjens said. “I’m just waiting for the chance.”
Cox said Jurrjens threw 21 pitches in the first inning Tuesday.
“He was erratic and rusty [because] he hadn’t been out there in a long time,” Cox said. “I don’t think we can afford to put him on [the roster] this round, but I think if he keeps going down there and starting, there’s a good chance he could go in the second round.”
Can Braves revive offense?
Catcher Brian McCann led the Braves with 77 RBIs, the lowest team-high total for any major league postseason qualifier in a quarter-century.
The banged-up Braves went 14-16 with a 3.5-run scoring average and only 17 homers in 30 games since Sept. 1, and McCann hit .221 with two homers and seven RBIs in 28 games in September and October.
Now they’ll face a San Francisco team that went 19-10 with a 1.91 ERA and 39 homers since Sept 1.The Giants’ 1.78 ERA in September was the best single month by any team in more than four decades.
But the way the Braves see it, the slate’s clean with the start of the postseason.
“Once you get in here, anything can happen,” McCann said. “We got in, now it’s time to go do some good things. If we can play good defense and get timely hits, we should be in every game.”