A day later, Jurrjens’ injury believed to be minor

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A day after Jair Jurrjens left a game with discomfort in his right side, the Braves pitcher was still “a little sore” Friday but not believed to be injured seriously.

That was the report from Braves general manager Frank Wren, who said Jurrjens’ status was day-to-day. He’ll be reevaluated before a decision is made about the opening-day roster.

Jurrjens received treatment for several hours at the Braves’ spring-training headquarters Friday and left before the clubhouse was open to reporters. He was not sent out to have an MRI exam.

The right-hander was removed from Thursday’s game against Toronto after one inning, after feeling a twinge in his right side in the rib-cage area. Jurrjens thought it was only a cramp, but the Braves took him him out as a precaution in case it was a more serious matter, such as an oblique strain.

Wren had said Thursday that they wanted to see how Jurrjens felt when he woke the next day.

“He felt fine,” the GM said Friday. “He’s a little sore, but it doesn’t sound like anything bad.”

If Jurrjens isn’t ready to begin the season, the Braves would presumably turn to rookie left-hander Mike Minor or veteran Rodrigo Lopez to fill out the rotation. Minor lost the fifth-starter battle to Brandon Beachy and was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, but could be recalled without a waiting period if the Braves put someone on the disabled list.

Early indications are that the Braves don’t think it will be necessary to scramble and fill in for Jurrjens, but they’ll probably wait at least a day or two before making that decision.

Jurrjens is scheduled to start Tuesday’s exhibition game against Minnesota at Turner Field and make his first regular-season start in Game 4 on April 4 at Milwaukee.

If the team wanted to give him extra rest without placing him on the DL, he could skip Tuesday’s start and push back his season debut to April 6 at Milwaukee, the sixth game of the season. Beachy is currently scheduled to start that day, but could move up to April 4.

Jurrjens went 7-6 with a 4.74 ERA in 20 starts during an injury-plagued 2010 season. He was sidelined by shoulder, hamstring, and knee problems, the latter requiring arthroscopic surgery that kept him out of the September stretch drive and postseason.

In 2009, he finished 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA — third-lowest among National League starters.

24 comments Add your comment

SamHowe

March 25th, 2011
5:13 pm

bbkorbel

March 25th, 2011
5:14 pm

But Mommie…I would have been first if Sammie hadn’t pushed me down!

SamHowe

March 25th, 2011
5:15 pm

great news for JJ and the Braves… last thing we need is a starter going down, though I’m sure Minor would do a fine job of filling in if needed. GO BRAVES!

Skeezix

March 25th, 2011
5:15 pm

Hope it is minor and stays minor.

gcs

March 25th, 2011
5:24 pm

If it isn’t minor, the Braves can bring Minor up from the minors.

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Fab-Five Fredi

March 25th, 2011
5:30 pm

Minor details. Bringing up a kid in the minors who is no longer a minor replacing a pitcher with a minor injury. Wonder what Minor’s minor was in college??

Day Man

March 25th, 2011
5:31 pm

Im tired of hearing about JJ being hurt. Get his trade value up by starting him in the 5th slot so he can get some Ws and trade him mid-season.

Fab-Five Fredi

March 25th, 2011
5:34 pm

Does Jurrjens stretch and work out enough?? He was heavier last year. Must have been on the same diet as fellow countryman and former Brave Andrew Jones. After he had his breakout year, he started to breakdown.

Fab-Five Fredi

March 25th, 2011
5:35 pm

Meant to say Anduw…It’s Friday..

Scott from Fairburn

March 25th, 2011
7:18 pm

If anyone needs comic relief check out the all new improved Frenchy’s slash line for KC

TheAntiMe

March 25th, 2011
7:52 pm

No need to worry about Sir JJ, King Fredi, “It’s only a flesh wound!”

tooslim73

March 25th, 2011
8:18 pm

Typical …horrible Firstie followed by a disturbing “Mommie” comment.

Guys, this is DOB’s blog, let’s work on the Firstie(s) and leave our Moms out of it.

Otherwise, a great update as usual. Thanks DOB.

jaybob

March 25th, 2011
8:36 pm

This is JJ’s last year with the Bravos…let’s just try to enjoy it while we can. GO BRAVES!

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

March 26th, 2011
1:01 am

I hope Jurjjen’s injury isn’t Minor, but I do hope its minor. Hopefully his return is not a question of when, but win because Jurrjens need to learn to be brave to be Brave.

Yogi Berra out…

(though I could never reach his excellency)

Runnin

March 26th, 2011
1:28 am

If Jurrjens is sore today it was more than just “a cramp”. He strained or pulled something, thus some kind of injury, and that’s very serious. There’s no such thing as an injury to a starter than is not bad. These little injuries have a way of ping-ponging around the body. An oblique becomes a hammy becomes a groin, etc. This is potentially bad because Jurrjens went through the same thing last year. On top of that the timing could not have been worse.

Hopefully it will miraculously be gone in a few days. Thank God for Beachy and Minor.

Furman Bitcher

March 26th, 2011
9:17 am

Just consider JJ our “5th” starter

BartBuzz

March 26th, 2011
10:02 am

Is it just me or does this story about JJ sound suspicious? My bet is JJ goes on the DL. If he does, the Braves need to figure out what’s up with his prep exercises.

bvillebaron

March 26th, 2011
10:41 am

Jaybob:

With your comment about this being JJs last year with the Braves, why don’t you change your blog name to Nostradamus?

Brave New World

March 26th, 2011
10:45 am

JJ’s problem is minor which is good news. Minor’s “problem” is JJ’s problem being minor.

jaybob

March 26th, 2011
1:55 pm

bvillebaron:

When the Braves trade him after the season, perhaps I will. :)

mathman

March 26th, 2011
2:23 pm

Conrad playing 3B today, making a costly throwing error that cost them 2 runs. The guy cannot play the field. That is something like 6 errors this spring to go with the 8 in the playoffs.

Cut him before he costs us some more games as a late replacement in the field.

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