Beachy wins job, but Jurrjens’ health in question

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Brandon Beachy won the Braves’ fifth-starter job over Mike Minor, but Jair Jurrjens’ sore side could possibly open another spot for Minor in the rotation.

Jurrjens left with what the Braves said was “discomfort in his right side” after pitching one inning Thursday in a 5-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. He said it was probably just a cramp and not a muscle injury, but the Braves must wait to make that determination.

“It’s still too early to tell,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Sometimes those things manifest themselves a little bit later. Maybe nothing happens; we took him out right now as a precaution. We’ll see what happens. It’s too late in the spring to mess with it.

“He said he felt something and that was it. Get him out of there and we’ll evaluate tomorrow.”

If Jurrjens isn’t ready to begin the season, the Braves could go with Beachy as their No. 4  starter and Minor as No. 5. Or, if they’re not comfortable with having both rookies in the rotation to start the season, they could turn to veteran Rodrigo Lopez instead of Minor.

Minor was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett Thursday morning, but Wren said the left-hander could be recalled without a waiting period if the Braves place Jurrjens on the disabled list.

“We just have to see how this reacts over the next day,”  Wren said. “I learned a long time ago, you don’t assume anything until guys wake up the next day and see how they feel. Because that’s really a tell-tale sign.”

Also optioned to Gwinnett  were outfielder Jordan Schafer, infielder Diory Hernandez and pitchers Juan Abreu and Jairo Asencio. That left 33 active players on the camp roster.

“We made the decision that Beachy was ahead of Mike at this time in the fifth-starting-pitcher competition,” Wren said earlier Thursday, about 15 minutes after Jurrjens left the game. “We will make our final decision this weekend.”

At that point, the Braves were starting to consider options given Jurrjens’ uncertain status.

“It’s one of those things — you make a decision, and then something happens and you’ve got to make another decision,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll hold off and see how this works out.”

Jurrjens seemed confident it was a mere cramp in the rib-cage area, not an oblique strain. He thought it might have resulted from not drinking enough fluids on a warm afternoon, and said wearing a long-sleeve shirt under his jersey probably didn’t help.

Asked if he was concerned he might not be ready to make his last scheduled spring-training start Tuesday against Minnesota, Jurrjens said, “No. So far, no.”

He was scheduled to make his first regular-season start on  April 4 at Milwaukee, the fourth game of the season and first in a four-game road series (the Braves open the season March 31 at Washington).

The No. 5 starter will make his season debut April 6 at Milwaukee in the sixth game.

Jurrjens showed no sign of injury during the first inning or as he came off the field. He pitched a perfect inning with two groundouts and a strikeout, throwing seven strikes in 12 pitches.

“Funny thing is, today I was feeling the best I’ve felt [this spring],” said Jurrjens, who has a 3.43 ERA in six spring starts, allowing 18 hits and three walks with 13 strikeouts in 21 innings. “The ball was coming out like I want it to. I think I’m there.

“Just got to make sure we take care of this and be ready for the next [start] and the season.”

He first felt a twinge on the pitch that induced a groundout by ex-Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar for the second out, before striking out Jose Bautista to end the inning.

Jurrjens came to the dugout and told Gonzalez. Jurrjens said he wanted to continue pitching, but was told he was coming out, that it wasn’t worth pushing it this close to the season.

He said he’s learned it doesn’t help to not be forthcoming about discomfort or pain.

“I’m not trying to hide any injuries this year,” he said. “It didn’t really help me last year when I tried to hide it.”

Jurrjens had a string of injuries in 2010 — shoulder strain, pulled hamstring, and torn knee cartilage that kept him out of the postseason and required arthroscopic surgery in October.

He finished with a 7-6 record and 4.74 ERA in 20 starts, after going 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA in 2009, when he posted the third-lowest ERA among National League starters.

Minor was told earlier Thursday, back at Braves camp, that he would be optioned to  Gwinnett.  He and Beachy pitched well in their fifth-starter competition, and Wren said the decision was difficult but the Braves thought Beachy gave them a better chance to win now.

In Grapefruit League play, Minor had a 0.90 ERA and .189 opponents’ average in 10 innings of three  games, and Beachy had a 1.80 ERA and .143 OA in 10 innings. Each pitched well in a couple of ‘B’ games.

Beachy may have secured the job Saturday with a superb performance against the Detroit  Tigers, allowing one hit in five scoreless innings. That same day, Minor allowed five hits and four runs (three earned) in six innings of a minor league game.

Beachy, an unheralded former undrafted free agent, and Minor, a first-round draft pick in 2009, are friends who plan to share an apartment this season in the Buckhead area.

They had also hoped to share a ride to work at Turner Field before long — pitching together on the Braves staff was a goal. Now,  it’s possible it could happen sooner than they imagined.

91 comments Add your comment

BEN

March 24th, 2011
2:25 pm

Chi Town

March 24th, 2011
2:27 pm

2nd.

Jawja sucks.

beekay

March 24th, 2011
2:28 pm

that’s why you never have enough good pitching!

BEN

March 24th, 2011
2:29 pm

Hope he’s ok. Stinks to get injured the last week of ST. We need JJ!

brandon

March 24th, 2011
2:35 pm

Congrats to Beachy!

Jay L.

March 24th, 2011
2:36 pm

Why does everyone think its so cool to be first to post in a thread? I don’t get it.

I was kinda rooting for Minor to win the 5th spot. We don’t have a left handed starter and our biggest competition (PHI) has a lot of good lefties. Oh well, we should still compete. Minor will prob. be back before too long. So excited for Opening Day next week!!! I’ll be in DC to root the Braves along.

Disbott 3000

March 24th, 2011
2:41 pm

What’s up with JJ? I don’t want to sound crass, but he’s been as fragile as a china shop. I hope it’s a “minor” injury and he’ll be solid for the season, but it’s good to know we’ve got back-up options. beekay is right: you can never have too much pitching. Go Braves!

Dennis Reynolds

March 24th, 2011
2:41 pm

2 rookies in the rotation?

THAT’S our plan to take down the Phillies??

Hugh Cheek

March 24th, 2011
2:42 pm

Excellent choice. JJ hasn’t been the same since the injury last year. Lets hope this is just a temporary set back

Richie_Rich861986

March 24th, 2011
2:42 pm

First off Congrats too Brandon Beachy what a great kid!!!! Still can’t believe he beat out our only option for a Left-Handed starter!!

Second this isn’t good news that JJ is already going to start the season hurt. One he is a great guy to have in the clubhouse. I’ve gotten the chance to get to know him pretty well the past couple of spring trainings down here in Florida. It also isn’t AS bad as it could be because I have said all along Brandon Beachy and both Mike Minor deserve a roster spot!! I really hope this isn’t a big deal with JJ but I really don’t think there’s going to be much of a drop off as Mike Minor is a stud and we need a lefty in our rotation!

Will

March 24th, 2011
2:43 pm

Starting to wonder about durability of JJ. This would make back to back years of legitimate injury setbacks. When is the last Derek Lowe ever struggled with that?

Matty D

March 24th, 2011
2:43 pm

The second coming of Mike Hampton…without the ridiculous contract. With Borris as his agent, I’m sure some team will be dumb enough to pay him well, hopefully it’s not the Braves.

Dennis Reynolds

March 24th, 2011
2:43 pm

Once that loser gets off the DL trade him immediately for some speed and defense.

Rio Bravo

March 24th, 2011
2:45 pm

When is Chris Medlen going to be ready to pitch again??Hopefully soon!

W-L

March 24th, 2011
2:45 pm

DOB,

Any indication as to how they will handle the workload for Beachy? Guy has pitched under 225 innings total over 3 seasons heading into 2011. I guess same could go for Minor…

I’m assuming they’ve got to be taking Lopez and KK off the trading block for now with JJ’s recent mishap.

Can never have enough pitching.

hmmmm.........

March 24th, 2011
2:48 pm

Any word on trading KK or Lopez?

Runnin

March 24th, 2011
2:50 pm

Man, and JJ was in such good shape and feeling so good.

Beachy Keen

March 24th, 2011
2:50 pm

Life’s a Beach and then You Marry One!

Let's Go Bravos!

March 24th, 2011
2:53 pm

Hopefully JJ will be alright. What is going to happen when Medlen is ready to go again in August? We need to probably trade JJ since he is much more expensive than Medlen. If JJ pitches well, then we might could get a big name for him!

Robert

March 24th, 2011
2:54 pm

Geez – we dont have any real idea whats wrong with JJ (if anything) and already folks are shouting that the sky is falling

Relax

As for the innings issue with the young guys – I wouldnt want to see them throwing 200 innings this year – but we’re not even at inning 50, much less 150

monty

March 24th, 2011
2:59 pm

Is this the new blog now?

Tripple Lindy

March 24th, 2011
3:01 pm

So that makes 5 righties. . . Beachy must look pretty good.

cooper

March 24th, 2011
3:04 pm

Beachy deserves to get the 5th starting job. He understand how important to have perfect control. I was a very successful pitcher even though I was very short because I could put 3 pitches within an inch of any spot on the plate. If I walked someone it was deliberate.
Beachy understands this and through some interviews I have heard is always trying to improve his perfect control. With the ability to throw at 90+ MPH this should be the beginning of a great major league carrier. Maddox will be in the hall of fame because of that ability
Good luck to Beachy , he knows the most important asset a pitcher needs to have.

Steve H

March 24th, 2011
3:05 pm

Hopefully it WAS just a cramp, and not an oblique tear/strain. If that’s the case, our rotation just took a big hit. Minor might be a stud prospect, but JJ is a legitimate #2-#3 when healthy. Minor could pitch like an ACE some days and pitch like Horacio Ramirez for the next five starts for all we know. That wouldn’t be a good pattern to get into. So, I’d rather take my chances with a proven arm over an uncertain lefty. If he AND Beachy weren’t going to be rounding off the rotation TOGETHER it would be fine. I am however not fine with two unproven arms at the back of our staff when we could have a legit sub 3.00 ERA guy in there every 5th day.

I hope this turns out to be nothing …

JMF

March 24th, 2011
3:06 pm

Let’s not panic gang. JJ probably only suffered a little discomfort. However, rest assured that Minor is ready. Philly only wished they had this depth. I am sure they are more concerned about Oswalt than the Braves are about JJ. These two pitchers we have Abreu and Asencio are have GREAT springs. What are we going to do with them.?

blazevol

March 24th, 2011
3:12 pm

Saw Beachy pitch against the Tiger starters last weekend. 5 innings – one hit. Did walk three which may be an issue at some point.

austin

March 24th, 2011
3:13 pm

Jay L: I dont think it will be much of a difference for beachy than it would minor against philly, Minors breaking ball is still in development and he doesnt have a lot of deception, lefty vs lefty situations only have the advantage because of deception and the breaking ball.. this will be a good time for minor to work on his breaking ball and delay his arb clock

Freddie Freeman

March 24th, 2011
3:14 pm

Kinda’ like this Uggla fellow we have at second base…

Basil the Rat

March 24th, 2011
3:20 pm

I think today’s performance by Proctor settles the question of who will (or in his case WON’T) win the final spot in the pen.

otisnixonsmokescrack!

March 24th, 2011
3:23 pm

Zack

March 24th, 2011
3:28 pm

JJ needs to go, too many injuries.

RomeDawg

March 24th, 2011
3:33 pm

Congratulations to Beachy! I am sure it is a matter of time before Minor is in the rotation.

raleighbravefan

March 24th, 2011
3:33 pm

How do you delay the arb clock on Minor when he already came up last year?

Kashi

March 24th, 2011
3:42 pm

JJ = Mike Hampton? Hope not guys.

billmaier

March 24th, 2011
3:45 pm

My faith is restored Beachy over Minor- minor was stillstruggling with his curve, and beachy does give us the best oprion to win now, I jst hope we keep that same attitude for the pen and release both sherrill and proctor and keep abreau, and martinez- our best options to win now- if they need sherrill to be a mentor hire the bum as a coach- as for proctor give him his bus ticket.

Wooderson

March 24th, 2011
3:45 pm

time to ship JJ out of town. We have a surplus of starters anyway. We could packge him with some prospects and get a pretty good player in return. Get it done Frank.

mathman

March 24th, 2011
3:54 pm

Todd Redmond pitches 3 Inn today to save the win in Dunedin. 4 K’s, 1 run. Redmond has better stuff than KK. Pitched no hitter last year for Gwinnett, so yes, we are still trying to trade KK and his big salary, one would think.

Might hold on to Lopez a while, and see if he is needed.

otisnixonsmokescrack!

March 24th, 2011
3:55 pm

..please. please ship jj out of town. the braves got arms for days… but a healthy jj owns the phillies.

Scout

March 24th, 2011
4:00 pm

Schafer is down to .167

Why is he still hanging around?

fredi-san

March 24th, 2011
4:04 pm

They’s both be pitching in the rotation (unless injured) before the year is out (with or without jurrgins in), just historical fact, you rarely end up with the same rotation in April and Sept. Of course, you figure Teahran is probably in the wings after the all-star break.

Tyler

March 24th, 2011
4:05 pm

This is a move to keep down Minor’s service time so that his arbitration clock doesn’t start early. I can’t really complain about that, though, because Beachy is a great pitcher. I do wish we had the lefty against Philly, but Beachy will do just fine.

Furthermore, Medlen may be back in August, and we do not need to trade Jurrjens. You can never have enough starting pitching, and if Jurrjens is gone, we could wind up a bit short.

MVPrado

March 24th, 2011
4:10 pm

I have a feeling Jurrjens is going to constantly have the injury bug follow him throughout his career. Him and Heyward could sprain a knee sneezing if the temp is below 90.

http://sportscrack.com

AdirondackDave

March 24th, 2011
4:16 pm

Not quite time to panic, guys. This may or may not be something that significant affects JJ’s early season work. If he starts the season on the DL, then I’m concerned but the Braves have plenty of talent in Beachy and Minor for the 4-5 spots, and much more talent knocking at the door very soon. For that matter, I think they could live with KK at the 5 spot, at least for a while and remember we’ll probably be getting Medlin back in August/September.

I’m still concerned about defense but not pitching, at all.

otisnixonsmokescrack!

March 24th, 2011
4:18 pm

.it’s a real shame with jj too. speaking just as a baseball fan.. he would be absolutely amazing if he could just stay healthy and had more passion for the game.

Jeff R

March 24th, 2011
4:20 pm

Well, let’s hope Jurrjens has nothing more than a cramp.

Hat’s off to Juan Abreu and Jairo Asencio… both those young pitchers performed well. I’m thinking we’ll be seeing one or both of them in Atlanta before the season is over.

kirkinga

March 24th, 2011
4:25 pm

Those that want to get rid of JJ will always find a reason. He had one season of injury and a possible cramp today and all of a sudden he’s Hampton?

I guess for some fans, with the exception of Chipper, they don’t remember back more than the previous season.

What happens if Hanson’s back is an issue this season? He has the same agent as JJ so do we trade him too?

If JJ returns to form and is one of the top pitchers in the league, he should be kept and paid top starter money. If he returns to form, there should not be a problem paying him Lowe type money. The same goes for Hanson should he stay healthy and continue to progress.

What we need the organization to do is to find and develop position players as well as it does pitchers. You can never assume you’ll always have good to great young pitching so you keep what you developed if at all possible.

Peyton

March 24th, 2011
4:25 pm

I believe the official arbitration starts when the player attains a certain amount of starts ( position player ) and or when a pitcher gets a certain amount of innings. Minor didn’t pitch enough innings last year to start the clock. It’s like what happened when the Rays brought up price, but he ended up starting the next year in the minors.So that’s why it delays the arb clock.
God bless :)

otisnixonsmokescrack!

March 24th, 2011
4:27 pm

..alright stop bragging about the braves young arms. enough already. what do they have like 50 of’em in waiting like in i-robot or something??

Hawes

March 24th, 2011
4:38 pm

Guy gets a cramp in his side and everyone wants to trade him. Good thing Frank Wren doesn’t listen to the Chicken Littles of the internet.

Jurrjens expects to make his next start.

Ralph

March 24th, 2011
4:59 pm

Braves send down two of their best performing pitchers (Abreu and Ascensio) and keep the two worse ones (Proctor and Sherill) no big surprise.

Smack

March 24th, 2011
5:05 pm

So I take it that Lucas is line to be on the opening day roster with Diory going out already?

Conyers Braves Fan

March 24th, 2011
5:12 pm

To all of these bloggers making negative comments about
the Braves decisions to keep or send down certain players:
Thank goodness Wren and Freddie are making these decisions. I doubt if any of you have ever been in baseball management at any level.

jerry

March 24th, 2011
5:14 pm

If asked, Frank Wren wouldn’t rule out Joe DiMaggio.

Lost Cause

March 24th, 2011
5:21 pm

Yes, two rookies in the rotation … that is a plan to take down the Philles … this year and the follow-on years! Go Braves. Wonder if anyone wants JJ for a disgruntled shortstop? maybe Texas?

Mark (another one)

March 24th, 2011
5:22 pm

Proctor and Sherill don’t have options so don’t expect any action until the end of spring training. The young guys aren’t in the running at this point so they get sent down to keep developing. If I’m not mistaken, both Proctor and Sherill could be picked off if the Braves try to send them down. No reason to rush it.

My gut tells me JJ will be fine tomorrow and will probably test his side to make management comfortable with his status. If he’s hurt, its a good thing he stopped so he can heal quickly but I just don’t think he’s hurt. Only time will tell.

On the subject of time and patience, repeat after me. Give me patience and give it to me now!

Go Braves!

Joe

March 24th, 2011
5:25 pm

DOB
With Asencio being optioned, was he then removed from the restricted list and added to the 40 man roster?

Quicherbichin

March 24th, 2011
5:27 pm

Time for Zack and Wooderson to go and be traded to a minor league town where they can blog. Their blogging skills are not up to par. Ithey probably think we could get Albert Pujols from the Cards for KK, Proctor, Sherrill and Schafer. ‘m glad neither of them is GM.. Chipper would probably have been released and Hanson would get released if he had any injuriess at all.

no bones

March 24th, 2011
5:34 pm

Schafer needs a new start with a different club…..Now cut MATHER the new Norton.

Coach (2011 and Fredi G. a GO!)

March 24th, 2011
5:38 pm

JJ’s gonna be fine but regardless, we have pitching the pitching depth to stay competitive all season. Also, the news of Diory Hernandez being sent down is somewhat surprising. I guess Ed Lucas has made the team, yes?

Nateforpresident

March 24th, 2011
5:40 pm

Congrats to Beachy he came through for us at the end of last season and earned his jersey this spring, can not wait to see him at turner field.

On a side note does this mean Ed Lucas won a bench job? Matt Young win one?

PDOG

March 24th, 2011
5:43 pm

If Proctor makes the team then FW is more concerned with his ego then about breaking camp with the best 25 players.

Ralph

March 24th, 2011
5:52 pm

Conyers Brave Fan, what team do or did you manage?

Jo Bling

March 24th, 2011
6:02 pm

Wow, that sucks about Shafer. I had high hopes for him this year, and thought he might even give McClouth some competition. This is very disappointing.

Mike Minor

March 24th, 2011
6:18 pm

Why is JJ treated like a CY Young award winner? Braves front office sux . He’s a has been that never was. Braves will struggle badly. .500 is a realistic goal for Braves in the first half.

stew

March 24th, 2011
6:37 pm

JJ is a gutsy pitcher. We need him to pitch like two years ago. I still think we can dump Lowe while we have a chance. I like the idea of a rotation of Huddy/Tommy/JJ/Beachy/Minor. Lowe can be a salary dump along with KK. Lopez shouldn’t be allowed to throw a pitch this year. We still have Julio/Randall/Arodys and at the end of the year Medlen.

Big Bear

March 24th, 2011
6:38 pm

Beachy…I think he’s here to stay. Year in and year out, he’s going to be a quality mid to late rotation guy, putting up a sub 4 ERA and a dozen wins.And, with his little mound expereinece, he may really blossom to be a 2-3 starter, winning 14-16 a year. His moxy is incredible!

BaseballDude13

March 24th, 2011
6:42 pm

As bad as it sounds. I would go with KK or Rodrigo if Jurjens misses a start or two. Now that the Braves have optioned Minor to AAA, I would hate to use up another option for just a start or two and use up too many options too soon that you may need down the road.

I am also glad to see Matt Young still in the mix. I’m rooting for this kid. I have seen him play at 3 levels of the minors and really enjoyed watching this kid. Really hard nosed scrappy player. Doubt he’ll make the club but glad to see him make it to the final round of cuts at least.

bhall

March 24th, 2011
6:46 pm

Keeping Proctor and Sherrill equals bad pen…

Nateforpresident

March 24th, 2011
7:01 pm

Sherril will hopefully get his $%t together soon but Proctor is a lost cause that needed to be cut 2 weeks ago.

Nateforpresident

March 24th, 2011
7:02 pm

Oh on a side note Christian Martinez has been outstanding and more than earned his spot on the team in 2011.

Ralph

March 24th, 2011
7:06 pm

Sorry Nate, earning a spot on this team don’t get it.

CajunStorm

March 24th, 2011
7:28 pm

Okay crazy ppl who want to trade JJ…..Are you insane! The man said if it was regular season no way would he have come out. The guy is NOT injury prone and reported to camp in the best shape of his life. You KNOW NOTHING semi fans amuze me. If this Braves team is to be successful JJ will be a major part of it. He is a top of the rotation pitcher who will eat up innings and win you 15-18 games a year. Last year he got hurt in winter ball and tried to compensate all year….contributing to more injuries. Never had any reports of injuries before then!!! Geez…u ppl are really goofy sometimes.

D man

March 24th, 2011
7:31 pm

Great job Beachy. Good luck!

TK

March 24th, 2011
7:46 pm

Can someone please tell me why so many people want to dump Lowe? I agree he is overpaid but I will take his 15 wins, 200 innings and 4.00 ERA every time. He’s not our ace, he’s our #3 pitcher. Since when are those stats worthy of being dumped?

gcs

March 24th, 2011
7:58 pm

It is time to get rid of Jordan Schafer. It’s just not going to happen for him in Atlanta. Maybe they could package him & Kawakami off to Pittsburgh for a bag of baseballs.

Diory Hernandez is a waste of space. It is quite alarming to think he is the emergency plan at SS. Kudos to the Braves for building up some good pitching prospects in the minors but there are NO position players above the AA level.

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William in Pasadena

March 24th, 2011
8:26 pm

You guys slay me (Matty D, Dennis Reynolds, Zack, etc.) Nobody except Hampton is more injured than Chipper. Yet, I don’t recall you screaming for his neck. He*#@, some of you guys are already criticizing Heyward. Let’s hear you talk about Chipper. Give him a month, and let’s see where he is. Neither JJ or JHey make $13-15 million. Remember, you must meet the quota with 1 brotha on the team.

Steve

March 24th, 2011
8:28 pm

Both choices were great. I hope Minor understands the fans and team leadership still think he has a super future ahead. Give him a chance to work on some things in AAA and be ready when the call comes later in the year (we will no doubt have an injury of some sort).

This should serve as a reminder as to why a guy like Derrick Lowe is SO valuable. He absolutely gobbles up effective innings which save wear and tear on the bullpen and more importantly gives a little piece of mind that you have a starter you won’t have to plan a backup for udring the season. The guy never gets enough credit from most Braves fans and media, but his durability is a HUGE factor in how the Braves plan their offseason moves.

TN Jeff

March 24th, 2011
8:28 pm

JJ possibly injured. Wow, what a surprise!

mudcat

March 24th, 2011
8:44 pm

Noticed that ESPN the Magazine has the Braves going 86-76 this year, way behind the Phils, but tied with the Rockies with the best wild card record(uh-oh, tie breakers!). Considering ESPN’s bias, that makes me feel pretty confident about the season! As to JJ, we desperately need him this season. He’s on 7 of my 8 fantasy teams! Braves go 93-69, beating out the Phils by 2 games!

Largo

March 24th, 2011
8:54 pm

I mentioned some days ago that I didn’t think JJ would stay healthy enough to pitch effectively this year. Sure hope I didn’t jinx him.

SoCalBrave

March 24th, 2011
10:06 pm

It never ceases to amaze me how a lot of you are so pessimistic about our team. If Proctor makes the team, he’s going to be on a short leash, and Sherrill is on the bullpen to face the tough lefties from the other teams. If they don’t work out, we can always trade them, or release them and call someone else up! It’s that simple.
Don’t label JJ as injury prone, he was hurt last year, and we don’t even know if he’s hurt right now. It’s a long season, the players we start with are not necessarily the one we finish with… Be patient and have faith in our team!

Phillies Fan

March 25th, 2011
4:41 am

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Brad

March 25th, 2011
6:25 am

I’ve watched both Minor and Beachy pitch with the G Braves. Yes, Beachy is the better pitcher; but, Minor would be the ONLY lefty in our rotation! I really thought that would give him the edge.

Supes

March 25th, 2011
8:40 am

Mike Minor is one injury away from being called up, unless they choose to put Lopez (under whelming spring training to say the least) or Kawakami since he’s virtually untouchable right now…Braves would have to eat 3/4 the salary just to trade him apparently. So you’re paying KK…use him at least, especially if Minor struggles.

BartBuzz

March 25th, 2011
9:08 am

I hope I’m wrong but JJ seems to be injury prone. Thank goodness the Braves have plenty of pitchers waiting in the wings…as long as one of them isn’t KK.

Don

March 25th, 2011
9:23 am

And the list of injuries to our pitchers (even young pitchers) under our existing Pitching Coach just keeps going on and on and on — and still be keep him.

Donovan

March 25th, 2011
9:41 am

Jurrjens is a Mike Hampton type of pitcher; fairly overrated and predisposed to injury. Let Minor take over and be done with it. The Braves have a bad habit of sticking with someone whose value is long in the tooth.

coach13

March 25th, 2011
9:59 am

They haven’t even diagnosed it as an “injury” yet. You would be closer comparing Chipper to Mike Hampton. Both are grossly overpaid for the production while always being hurt.

That being said, Beachy and Minor had better pan out because Huddy and Lowe aren’t going to be around much longer and JJ is a Boras client. HOepfully thos minor legue guys, Teheran and company, will be ready soon.

Joshua

March 25th, 2011
12:03 pm

.alright stop bragging about the braves young arms. enough already. what do they have like 50 of’em in waiting like in i-robot or something??

===============

LOL. I got this awesome visually of Fredi calling down to the pen asking which one to put into the game, and in unison 7 pitchers reply “one of us.”

Cahos

March 25th, 2011
12:06 pm

Go to a 6 player rotation for better health:

Lowe, Hanson, Hudson, Jurjens, Minor, Beachy.

Sure Minor is a left, which would make him a minor on the rotation.

But the only lefties they have are ballpen pitchers: O’Flarety, and of course the #1 reliever Jonny Venters.

roja

March 25th, 2011
12:08 pm

Last time I checked, our two “rookie starters” had the same number of World Series rings as Lee and Halladay have.

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