Jurrjens planning to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery

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.”

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Jon S

October 12th, 2010
3:05 pm

We will definately need him to be 100% next Season.


October 12th, 2010
3:07 pm

Who is going to be Braves next manager? Firstttttttttt


October 12th, 2010
3:16 pm

Big fan of his, but he needs to be in better shape next year – Needs to work on his conditioning!


October 12th, 2010
3:22 pm

I called that the day after the tear was first reported. Had he done the surgery then, he may have been ready to contribute in the NLCS or WS……….wait, nevermind.

Fish Bisch

October 12th, 2010
3:25 pm

Who’s the starting pitcher in Game 5 out in San Fran?


October 12th, 2010
3:35 pm

Agree with JayD, Jair needs to lose about 10 or so pounds.

Michael Procton

October 12th, 2010
3:36 pm

If there’s an upside to this, those injuries will probably hold down his price in arbitration some.

Reid in EAV

October 12th, 2010
3:37 pm

Glad to hear JJ is focused on getting 100% healthy. We’re going to need him next year. I think, best case, we’re a pitching-and-defense club next year scratching our way to 90 wins — hopefully led by a youth movement of Heyward (also 100% healthy, let’s hope) and Freeman. Absent offseason moves I’m not expecting, I don’t see a big leap forward until 2012. But if we keep bringing our kids along and drafting well we should be fine. No return to the late ’80s here. It took *dedication* to be that bad. (Did you know that Ted Turner didn’t like to spend money on draft picks? His reversal of that decision — prodded by then-GM Bobby Cox — had a lot to do with the success of the 90s.)

The big albatross is the dollars wrapped up in the McLouth, KK and Chipper contracts. Without those, we could go after Carl Crawford or whatever big bat we like. Chipper may elect to retire rather than play for a manager who’s not Bobby, freeing up those dollars… or he could return and contribute one last time (he was starting to put it together right when the knee blew out.) McLouth: hopefully he regains the form that made him an all-star in Pittsburgh, but I’m not holding my breath.

KK… Hara-kiri? No? Then I guess we’re stuck with him. Me, I’d unload him and eat the bulk of his salary just to free up a roster spot. It’s better than paying him and not playing him.

Tempting to go ahead and draw up a 2011 rotation, isn’t it?

Minor or Beachy (One makes the rotation, the other is the long man/spot starter)

Medlen down the stretch, if TJ rehab goes according to form.

And a potential shut-down bullpen arm: Julio Teheran. He’ll get a shot to make the ‘pen in the Spring, I predict.

As for lineup, that’s harder to predict. Glaus and Lee are probably gone. Prado is arb-eligible, but that’s a no-brainer. Hinske should definitely be re-upped to back up Freeman. Chipper? Enormous question mark. Outfield beyond Heyward? Another big question mark. McLouth is back, but only because of that contract. Get to work, Frank Wren!

Lastly, I think it’s obvious that Fredi Gonzalez is our next skipper. Dude is young and wants to manage, so why would he have turned down the Cubs? That tells me something is up.


October 12th, 2010
3:44 pm

I had the same meniscus tear and never got surgery (no insurance + broke). You don’t need the surgery and it doesn’t hurt, but you’re just constantly worried about it. Took 2 years to get the confidence back.

3 Dimes Down

October 12th, 2010
3:50 pm

We should have a pretty stacked rotation next year. Hudson, Lowe, Hanson, Jurrjens, with Minor & Beachy battling for the fifth spot.

It will be interesting to see how we handle 1st base, SS, LF, & RF. I certainly hope we bring back Hinske.


October 12th, 2010
3:54 pm

Hinske sounded non-committal in the after-game players quotes.


October 12th, 2010
3:57 pm

Biggest need this offseason is an everyday outfielder besides Heyward. You just can’t win consistantly enough when the guys in left and center are playing sporadically. Ideally we’d sign a guy like Werth, but this seems unlikely.

I love Jurrjens, but if we could move him for a guy like Matt Kemp this offseason, that would be fantastic. We’ve got so many young pitching prospects, and with Jurrjens’ Boras contract a couple years away, you’ve gotta wonder what his long-term future is in Atlanta. Lets see if we can take a gamble on Kemp, who’s agent is trying to run him out of L.A. anyway.


October 12th, 2010
4:00 pm

3 Dimes, I have a pretty good idea how we’ll handle RF…

Certainly seems like Freeman is the guy at 1B too, and Gonzalez seems to be a no-brainer to pick up the option, as I’m sure the Braves would like to use Omar as an insurance policy at 3B and 2B for Chipper and Prado, not as the starting SS.


October 12th, 2010
4:02 pm

JD, you nailed it man, this guy is way too young to be such a sloth. Go to the gym man and lose some of that lard!!!


October 12th, 2010
4:05 pm

JJ must be goin’ over to Andruw’s house for Curacao buffett dinners.


October 12th, 2010
6:00 pm

I think it’s going to be really difficult to attract free agents here without Bobby. Like him or not, everyone seems to want to play for him. Crawford is wanted by the Yanks and Angels, and whatever the Yanks want they get. Thus forget him, Werth is represented by Boras, who will price him out of the Braves budget. Thus forget him. Bottom line is we are probably looking at another patchwork outfield unless they somehow pry Colby Rasmus away from St. Louis.


October 12th, 2010
6:29 pm

that was the one good thing about Bobby Cox-many free agents wanted to play for him. without him, the braves will have problems asking guys to come here for less money.
it’ll be another year with a minor league OF.
we’ll need 5 #1 starters to compete in 2011 and a few guys that can catch and throw

Randal Patrick McMurphy

October 12th, 2010
6:41 pm

Jurrjens and McCann both need to figure how to push themselves away from the table. A little running and training couldn’t hurt, either…

Mark Duncan

October 12th, 2010
6:54 pm

I just want to say I’ve enjoyed this year with the Braves immensely. Thanks Bobby Cox for all the memories. While I didn’t agree with some of his moves, ie taking Krimble out, he was one hell of a good manager and was a big part of the Braves success. Quick story before I sign out until spring. Seven years ago I attended my 20th high school reunion. There was a guy who had come from California who I had gone to grade school and high school with. I knew he used to be a Braves fan so I asked him if he still followed them. He said no that he had become a Yankee fan. I drunkingly replied “you like the f….. Yankees!” and laughed at him. He can have the stupid Yankees. I have and always will be a Braves fan. Go Braves! PS My all time favorite Braves teams. 91, 95, 82, and 2010!!!


October 12th, 2010
7:08 pm

Braves line-up:

1 – Infante CF

2 -Prado 2nd

3 – Heyward RF

4 – Werth LF

5 – Chipper 3rd

6 – McCann C

7 -Freeman 1B

8 – Gonzalez – SS

Fan since 1977

October 12th, 2010
7:11 pm

Well, since someone threw out potential 2011 rotation, may I be so bold as to predict starting lineup and 25 man roster once we break camp:

1. Prado 2B
2. Freeman 1B
3. Heyward RF
4. McCann C
5. Werth CF (yes, we need to sign him)
6. Chipper 3B
7. Diaz LF (but Hinske vs righties)
8. Gonzalez SS



Hinske (see above)


Ankiel (let’s re-sign him and trade McLouth)



Hey, that’s only 22! Of course, a lot depends on Medlen’s rehab – I want him cack in rotation.

That leaves 3 more spots. Hmm….Frank Wren, you got some work to do….

GOP Cannon

October 12th, 2010
7:15 pm

3 Dimes, as for the question about who starts, the infield is set. Freeman will play at first and Alex Gonzalez has an option for next year that the team will probably exercise. The big question will be LF and CF…. we need to pick up a big bat for Center via free agency, and I say put Infante in left.

Fan since 1977

October 12th, 2010
7:20 pm

Infante’s stength is on the bench. Freddy will know he can plug him in anywhere when necessary.

I hope everyone noticed my absentees:



October 12th, 2010
7:22 pm

I think J.J. would be a good candidate to be traded along with McClouth for M.Kemp of the Dodgers, they need pitching and were not happy overall with Kemps play, J.J. is arbitration elgible and we have plenty of starting pitchers, that would give us a chance to concentrate on a left fielder in the free agent market, no reason why Liberty can”t spend some money next season as Braves fans proved that if you put a contender on the field they will buy more tickets.

Fan since 1977

October 12th, 2010
7:27 pm

Steve –

Great idea, bro, but it contains a faulty hypothesis – that Liberty Media will spend money!!!

Of course, they are morons if they don’t let Wren sign Werth – not only is he the exact RH OF bat we need, but it weakens the Phils! I’ll take Werth over Kemp.

Fan since 1977

October 12th, 2010
7:30 pm

Oh, forgot, we can’t deal JJ unless we know Medlen makes a complete recovery. Tommy John surgery is tricky……


October 12th, 2010
7:34 pm

I have to LOL at the thought of signing Jayson Werth. With Scott Boras as his agent, he’s gonna want the dough, and probably too much of it.

Fan since 1977

October 12th, 2010
7:41 pm

Daniel -

You are absolutely right. It’s gonna cost us $75 million over 5 years, minimum. But this ownership needs to decide if it is committing to winning.


October 12th, 2010
7:47 pm

With these owners they will sign Jim Edmonds to play OF

Stanley Crowe

October 12th, 2010
8:12 pm

So I’m not the only one who thinks that we could use Jason Werth! We certainly need someone like him — a good hitter, with speed and moxie. If we could afford Carl Crawford, I would be all right with that. So with Lee and Glaus gone (as everyone seems to assume), what do we have:

1B Freeman (Hinske backing)
2B Prado
3B Chipper Jones
LF Infante (Hinske backing)
CF Werth (McLouth backing)
RF Heyward
C McCann (Ross backing)

SP Lowe, Hudson, Jurrjens, Hanson, Medlen
RP Venters, Dunn, Kimbrell, Martinez, Moylan, Beachy
(Beachy and Medlen as spot starters if needed, Martinez and Beachy, long relief)

So what about SS? Will Alex G. be back? I didn’t like the way he didn’t hustle on that play that Renteria bobbled. If he gets on, it could have made a difference. Do we have a young fielding phenom in the minors? Could we get Yunel back? (Would we want him? — but he carried the club offensively in 2009). Any suggestions, Fans?


October 12th, 2010
10:11 pm

Werth, Crawford. LOL. Wishful thinking. Remember who signs the checks Liberty Media not Ted Turner. We are probably looking to trade for Rasmus and sign Cody Ross if the Giants don’t keep him. Although, somebody in the blog mentioned Edmonds and knowing our allure with reclamation projects that is not out of the realm of possibility. Maybe they’ll try to lure Lowell out retirement to back fill Freeman in case he tanks in his first season and that will be your big right handed bat ala Glaus.

Packer Ed-Braves fan since 1957

October 12th, 2010
11:41 pm

What attracts free agents is money and hopefully Frank Wren has money and will spend the money. This club is close.


October 13th, 2010
10:17 am

If there are any reporters left in Atlanta they should go interview Dr Mike Marshall. He would tell you in two seconds why JJ hurt his knee and how to avoid the surgery. He’d also tell you if Tim Hudson does not change his delivery he’ll be headed back to Dr Andrews.

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Mark's for the Braves

October 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

Jurrjens needs to come back strong in 2010. If we’d had an injury-free Jurrjens in 2010, we may have overtaken the Phillies in spite of our other numberous injuries.

Mark's for the Braves

October 13th, 2010
1:48 pm

Oops–2011 not 2010. Still in a funk about 2010’s ending I guess. I wish we had one more shot at the Giants!


October 13th, 2010
3:08 pm

Smart move on JJ’s part. Nothing lurking in the back of his brain next spring to hold him back from game-ready shape. We’ll need him at 100% to get Fredi into the playoff his first year as head honcho.

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