Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens had arthroscopic knee surgery for a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, and the team said he should be ready when spring training begins in February.
A series of injuries – shoulder, thumb, hamstring and knee – limited Jurrjens to 20 starts in 2010, and he finished with a 7-6 record and 4.64 ERA. That was more than two runs higher than his ERA in 2009, when he went 14-10 in 34 starts.
His 2.60 ERA in 2009 was the third-lowest among National League starting pitchers.
Jurrjens reported to 2010 spring training with a sore shoulder after making an awkward throw during a pickup game in his native Curacao a week earlier. That put him behind other pitchers during camp, and a jammed thumb also slowed him during the spring.
He missed two months before the All-Star break with a strained left hamstring that he reinjured just before he was to return from the disabled list.
Jurrjens hurt his knee during a Sept. 17 bullpen session between starts, and Jurrjens wasn’t available during the Braves’ September postseason drive or their loss to San Francisco in the National League Division Series, Atlant’s first playoff appearance in five years.
The arthroscopic surgery was done Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham.