Jair Jurrjens plans to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair the minor meniscus tear he suffered three weeks ago.
Jurrjens said doctors have told him he could get by without it, and he said he’ll seek a second opinion before having the surgery, but he wants to go through with it regardless.
“I want to go ahead and do it and just come in with peace of mind next spring training,” Jurrjens said. “I don’t even want to think about it at all and be scared, ‘If I do this, it might flare up again.’”
He’s hoping to have surgery in the next couple of days or by next week at the latest, Jurrjens said. The recovery is expected to be short. He’ll stay in Atlanta for a couple of weeks to get familiar with his rehabilitation, then head to Tampa for a few weeks, then home to Curacao.
Jurrjens missed his final three starts of the regular season with the knee injury. He’d been pitching in the Braves’ instructional league in Florida, poised to rejoin the team if the Braves had advanced to the NLCS. He threw six pain-free innings on Monday. But still he doesn’t want to go into spring training with any doubts about it.
“I don’t know how it’s going to react next year,” Jurrjens said. “Just go ahead and get it done, get it out of the way.”
Jurrjens spent most of the season dealing with injuries, from a sore shoulder and jammed thumb in spring training to a pulled hamstring, which cost him two months of the season. Then it was the knee.
“That’s just part of the business,” Jurrjens said. “Some years everything happens, and some years you have an amazing year. It’s just how your mindset is, how you bounce back.”