Braves are playing it cautious with Jurrjens; Teheran to Gwinnett?

The Braves returned home to Turner Field Tuesday night for the first of two exhibition games against the Twins, with their Opening Day roster pretty well set and their Opening Day lineup in action, with the exception of David Ross batting for the pitcher.

The one lingering question is the health of Jair Jurrjens and whether he’ll be able to make his first scheduled start on April 6 in Milwaukee. It’s a decision the Braves won’t rush to make.

Originally Jurrjens planned to throw a bullpen session on Monday, but the Braves are playing it cautious with the sore right side which forced Jurrjens out of his last spring training start Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Jurrjens threw some long toss in the outfield during batting practice Tuesday and then moved closer in to throw from 60 feet or so, but still on flat ground. He appeared not to have any problems, though he wasn’t immediately available for comment afterward.

“He’s progressing well,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “We’re just not quite there yet. And we’re intentionally not pushing it because we don’t want to set him back, but he’s progressing.”

The Braves could disable Jurrjens retroactive to March 25, to the day after his last spring start. That would make him eligible to return April 9 during the first home series of the season against the Phillies. They want him to throw a bullpen session before making that call, perhaps in a few days.

“We could literally have him make the Opening Day roster and wait several days before we make that decision, if he’s progressing and he would be able to make a side,” Wren said. “We have some flexibility there.”

If Jurrjens has to skip a start or two, the Braves are likely to call on Mike Minor, who lost out on the battle for the fifth starter’s job to Brandon Beachy and is headed to Triple-A.

Teheran to Gwinnett?

The Braves minor league rosters haven’t been finalized yet but general manager Frank Wren indicated Tuesday the Braves are strongly considering starting Julio Teheran in Triple-A Gwinnett.

“It’s a projected possibility,” Wren said.

Wren mentioned Teheran, along with Mike Minor and Rodrigo Lopez, as potential members of the Gwinnett rotation, in explaining why the Braves decided to assign Kenshin Kawakami to Double-A Mississippi. They want to keep the Triple-A rotation open to pitchers who could have an impact in Atlanta this season.

Teheran, the No. 5 overall prospect in Baseball America, was projected by some to open the season in Double-A before moving up to Gwinnett. An impressive spring for Teheran appears to have sped up that timetable.

Walkoff win

Braves minor leaguer Mauro Gomez hit a walkoff two-run home run in the 10th off former Brave Chuck James in his first major league at-bat of spring for a 4-2 win over the Twins. Gomez had seen only defensive action in one split-squad game.

“That’s the first time I’ve seen him, that’s a pretty good impression,” Gonzalez said. “I thought we hit the ball hard the whole game at people, and the ball wasn’t carrying because it was cold. But boy, he sure put a charge in one.”

The Braves were shut out for eight innings before rallying for two runs in the ninth to send it to extra innings. Eric Hinske reached on an error, Brooks Conrad got hit by a pitch and Joe Mather and Ed Lucas collected back-to-back hits to cut the Twins lead to 2-1. J.C. Boscan tied it 2-2 with a bases-loaded infield hit off Matt Capps.

Conrad got his first action at second base at Turner Field since last year’s three-error game in the Division Series. He completed a nice 4-3 double play, tagging the runner headed for second before throwing on to first.

All seven relievers in the Braves bullpen got an inning of action. They combined to give up only one earned run (a second run was unearned off Scott Linebrink following a Martin Prado error) in seven innings in their final tune-up of spring.

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Richie_Rich861986

March 29th, 2011
8:24 pm

Richie_Rich861986

March 29th, 2011
8:25 pm

Wow so that’s what it feels like to be first on a blog? lol I’d like to thank my Mom for being there for me when I needed her and to all my fans out there thank you! God Bless!!!!

Richie_Rich861986

March 29th, 2011
8:26 pm

So I might be 1-2-3! Really Post here

I don’t know why yal are making this such a big deal about Jurrjens, all it was is a Cramp…. He will be just fine!!!

Will

March 29th, 2011
8:33 pm

Where is Medlen?

JD

March 29th, 2011
8:47 pm

Medlin is the guy throwing on flat ground at 40 feet

Ryan

March 29th, 2011
8:50 pm

I’m curious about medlen too. He did well last year when starting, though I appreciated him more for the long reliever after KK that was always needed.

Minor is fine in my eyes to step up too, I liked what I saw from him last year. But still curious on Medlen.

@fauxdereklowe

March 29th, 2011
8:50 pm

Does somebody really just aks where Medlin is? I don’t know Will, wheres Chuck James and Buddy Carlyle when you need ‘em?

Steve

March 29th, 2011
9:07 pm

Will you are obviously not a Braves fan.

Richie_Rich861986

March 29th, 2011
9:25 pm

@fauxdereklowe,

Where’s Dale Murphy?

mathman

March 29th, 2011
10:08 pm

Where is Chuck James? Pitching against us for the Twins and he gave up the 2 run homer to Mauro Gomez to win it for the Bravos. Same old Chuck.

BartBuzz

March 29th, 2011
10:12 pm

So much for the problem just being a cramp.

Gripes

March 29th, 2011
10:13 pm

JJ becoming Mike Hampton Jr.

ATL FAN

March 29th, 2011
10:16 pm

Jurrjens will be the difference this year

Kleahl

March 29th, 2011
11:02 pm

Can’t believe the dumb questions About Medlen. Have u been out of the country since last season? Can’t believe grown men are so excited to b first. What difference does it make. You say nothing. Read Dave’s articles. He covers everything. Thks dave spring training everyday was super!

Heisenberg

March 29th, 2011
11:30 pm

Whatever happened to Barbaro Canizarez? Did I spell his name right?

big o

March 30th, 2011
12:03 am

Nice little Spring Training game and Mather got a hit, Conrad made a nice play and Chip and Joe were in Mid- season form. You had to feel for Chuck James being a Pebblebrook Grad and one time Brave and now in AA I hope he can get his career back on track.

Mike in Canton

March 30th, 2011
12:13 am

Apparently, this is the ONLY website some of you people visit concerning the Braves. My, we have some great Braves fans among us….. [/sarcasm]

Earl

March 30th, 2011
12:22 am

Who’s on first?

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mathman

March 30th, 2011
12:58 am

Canizares will play some 1B and DH for Gwinnett again this year. He can rake. Braves really should think about bringing him up to be the RH pitchhitter and DH against the American League.

ExBraves Fan

March 30th, 2011
12:58 am

Oh, boy. KK to Mississippi. Man, a $7 million AA minor leaguer. Wow. Why not just pull the string like the Mets did and dump the guy. No one is going to take him any way without the Braves eating 95% of the contract. So, why in the heck have him using up a minor league spot where one of the AA kids needs to be pitching out of.

gotigers72

March 30th, 2011
1:00 am

So Georgie Porgie Sherrill gives up another Spring run. Sure hope the regular season turns out a lot better for him, but I doubt it. A 6+ ERA last year, a 9.00 ERA this Spring. You just have to wonder how many times the Braves will let him hurt them before they DFA him. Half of Georgie’s Spring appearances were pathetic. HALF! That ain’t cuttin’ it sports fans.

Wren’s ego may be the problem here. He will not want to admit that he effed up another trade/FA signing like he did with McClouth, Kawakami, et al.

Steve McP

March 30th, 2011
1:04 am

kleahl – talking of strange comments you realise that this was written by Carroll Rogers not DOB?

Steve McP

March 30th, 2011
1:06 am

Sherrill will only pitch against lefties, he is a true LOOGY – his problems have been against right handed batters and it is unlikely any of those will be allowed to hit against him. He is here for the LH stacked line-ups in the NL East.

jb

March 30th, 2011
1:10 am

Kris Medlen went on the 15 day disabled list March 27, 2011 recovering from last years elbow surgery.

jim

March 30th, 2011
1:44 am

Sherrill walked the lefty Span and gave up a rope to lefty Mauer for a SF. Lucky that Ross got a runner trying to steal, or we still migh be playing the 3rd inning. He has been almost as lousy against lefties this spring as righties.
I like this Chapman from the two brief times we’ve seen him pitch.

So Cal Brave

March 30th, 2011
1:50 am

Why do people keep bringing up Wren’s ego? He’s made some brilliant moves, and a few bad ones, but unlike the Yankees or Red Sox, we have to live with the bad ones. We can’t just cut players and eat millions of dollars in salaries. Besides, as I have explained countless times before, we got Sherrill to pitch to lefies only, AND we also got him so that the Phillies didn’t have him pitching against our left handed batters.

Buzz me

March 30th, 2011
4:48 am

Once he gets back. trade JJ. This is what his career will be: The promise of potential-the guarantee of of continued injuries.

gotigers72

March 30th, 2011
5:11 am

Hey So Cal Brave – As Jim pointed out in the post above you, Sherrill hadn’t been getting anybody out this spring, lefty or righty. Any NL manager worth his salt is not going to let Sherrill pitch to his LH hitter. He will pinch hit a RH hitter, and the rules of baseball say that a pitcher HAS to pitch to a hitter once he’s been called into the game. What do you do then brainiac?

As far as your other point about the Braves getting Sherrill so the Phillies would not get him to pitch against our lefties. So you keep a rag arm has been that can’t get my granny out just to keep him from pitching to some of our lefties? Now that is some brilliant GMing right there buddy.

Casual Fan

March 30th, 2011
7:09 am

Is Jordan Schafer starting in centerfield?

Mid Town Joe

March 30th, 2011
7:49 am

I have one request this year. Beat the Phillies!

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 30th, 2011
8:06 am

For those that have short and long term memory loss, Medlen had major surgery (Tommy John) and will be out until at least July if not the entire year.

yeah

March 30th, 2011
8:07 am

Where is Denny Neagle?

Jeff R

March 30th, 2011
8:15 am

Teheran to Gwinnett? I tend to be more cautious. Let the kid pitch at Mississippi for a while, and then send him to Gwinnett. Why rush him up? And provided Braves’ starting pitchers stay healthy, where would Tehran pitch in Atlanta, other than a September call up?

NY's Best

March 30th, 2011
8:21 am

Please re-sign Ruben Gotay. He could play outfield, infield, hit, and run. Four tools baby. GO METS!!!

Lemke's Knuckler

March 30th, 2011
8:23 am

Where is Mark Redman?

Blackberry Cobbler

March 30th, 2011
8:24 am

Glad the Braves won……………….

but, it was thanks to the bench players. As usual, the high-paid regulars did squat.

Same ol’ Braves.

Lemke's Knuckler

March 30th, 2011
8:34 am

Jeff R, I don’t really think there’s much of a difference between AA and AAA hitters. As a matter of fact, I would contend there are typically better hitting prospects at the AA level. And a September callup is probably what the Braves are planning, unless 2 or more of the starters get hurt. He could also do a Neftali Feliz and pitch out of the pen in an extreme case, but I doubt the Braves want to mess with his progress like that.

Assuming Beachy pitches well this year and Medlen comes back full strength, and with Minor and Teheran knocking on the door, the cupboard for the 2012 rotation is definitely stocked. You have to believe Jurrjens will get traded this offseason. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Braves trade Lowe for payroll flexibility. This coming offseason is when they need to lock up Hanson, Prado and Heyward and extend McCann. They’re going to need about $30M to get all those guys inked. The future is bright.

Lemke's Knuckler

March 30th, 2011
8:45 am

Blackberry Cobbler…”but, it was thanks to the bench players. As usual, the high-paid regulars did squat”

Yeah, how dare those high-paid regulars do nothing. They should be playing with reckless abandon and throwing their bodies around in a meaningless spring training game. I mean, forget the fact that their bodies have been used to 80 degree temps and it was in the 40’s at gametime. If they were real men, they would have risked pulling muscles for the 12,000 paying fans in attendance and given them a show they would never forget. Who cares if they all start the season on the DL with torn hamstrings. Those high-paid babies should be playing as hard as they can. At the end of the day, nobody’s going to remember how they do in the regular season. They’re going to remember the outcome of the March 29, 2011 spring training game against the Twins, where greats such as J.C. Boscan, Ed Lucas and Mauro Gomez saved the necks of all those lazy high-paid players with their late inning heroics.

You’re a ray of sunshine Mr. Blackberry Cobbler.

fredi-san

March 30th, 2011
8:59 am

Where’s Julio Franco?

Johnny Bravo

March 30th, 2011
9:06 am

Where’s Larvell “Sugar Bear” Blanks?

Brad Komminsk

March 30th, 2011
9:09 am

i hit .422 in the beer league slow pitch last year.

aumatl

March 30th, 2011
9:13 am

KK being disrespected. He was awful last year but good grief, you can only bring one pitcher up from Gwinnett at a time! What’s the big deal in throwing him a bone and at least having him in AAA?

Blackberry Cobbler

March 30th, 2011
9:32 am

Lemke K @ 8:45–

How much stress does it take to get a freakin’ hit?

How many hits did McOUT, Chipper, McCann, Gonzo, Prado, and Heyward have combined compared to the “bench” guys?

BTW, nice catch by Prado on the grounder to LF? A little-leaguer can make that catch and throw.

billmaier

March 30th, 2011
9:54 am

where’s jose campillo?

EB

March 30th, 2011
9:55 am

Just because they are in the big leagues, doesn’t mean they are not allowed to make errors. Are you really pointing out Martin’s ONE ERROR? He is a STELLAR player, God forbid he make ONE ERROR in a SPRING TRAINING game.

billmaier

March 30th, 2011
9:56 am

where’s jeff bennett and greg norton, where’s melky- i belive they all went on the crusie with bobby since they were his favorites

billmaier

March 30th, 2011
10:00 am

Blackberry cobbler- it was a spring trining game not the regular seson, who cares — it does not count???????????????????????

billmaier

March 30th, 2011
10:01 am

jorge campillo where is he?

DV

March 30th, 2011
10:13 am

Sorry guys, but I must have missed something. What happened to Schafer? Did he get sent down to Gwenette?

Robert

March 30th, 2011
10:17 am

I thought Mather was cut because he was out of minor league options?

EB

March 30th, 2011
10:19 am

Where is John Rocker?

Reid in EAV

March 30th, 2011
10:25 am

Anyone seen Jojo Reyes? Why was he not pitching? ;)

Robert

March 30th, 2011
10:26 am

Nevermind. I see Mather cleared waivers. Maybe he can get it together at Gwinnett.

Reid in EAV

March 30th, 2011
10:27 am

@Robert: Mather was put on waivers, but no one claimed him, so he’s been outrighted to AAA, hopefully to rediscover some semblance of a hitting stroke. There as insurance in case he turns into anything. If not, no loss.

Reid in EAV

March 30th, 2011
10:27 am

Whoops, sorry. You knew that.

masivatack

March 30th, 2011
10:48 am

I thought JoJo Reyes was going to have his break out year for us?!?!?

masivatack

March 30th, 2011
10:49 am

Crap Reid, beat me to it…

Nate

March 30th, 2011
10:55 am

Hey where is Keith Lockhart is he still playing?

eskippy

March 30th, 2011
10:57 am

He be stain over to he mama house.

63 year Braves fan

March 30th, 2011
11:02 am

Where’s Corky Miller when you need him?

shawn

March 30th, 2011
11:09 am

where is Pat Rockett?

Red Clay Hound

March 30th, 2011
11:22 am

Where is Bill Nahorodny?

DogsBrekkySaysChuckJamesWasntSolidAtALL

March 30th, 2011
11:24 am

Of course I turned the tv off to go watch a movie at the start of our bat in the 9th.. Kimbrel looked great BUT!

DogsBrekky

March 30th, 2011
11:24 am

Hope JJ is good to go soon

sportsmandh

March 30th, 2011
11:35 am

Where is Lance Cormier?

tony

March 30th, 2011
11:37 am

To the guy who said Sherill will never see a lefty hitter because an opposing coach will never let a lefty hit against him:
You can’t really believe that? can you? So if sherill comes in the game in the sixth or seventh inning, facing ryan howard or chase utley, do you really think they are going to get pulled for a pinch hitter? c’mon now.

iFrech

March 30th, 2011
12:06 pm

Hey, I missed something. Why wasn’t Bobby Cox managing yesterday?

61-39-5

March 30th, 2011
12:09 pm

Talkin about still playing. What about Billy Wagner. He is still on active roster, thought he retired.

bruce chen

March 30th, 2011
12:14 pm

why is no one looking for me? show your brother some love…

Carroll Rogers

March 30th, 2011
12:16 pm

Beachy pitches around two hits and a team-high sixth error this spring by Brooks Conrad in a scoreless first

Basil the Rat

March 30th, 2011
12:32 pm

The less we see of Brooks Conrad on the infield the better. I hope Uggla can start all 162 games this year and Hicks fills in for Chipper on his days off. Let Conrad DH or pinch hit, but keep him off of the infield.

lars mulligan

March 30th, 2011
1:16 pm

Can Conrad actaully play a gamme w/o making an error!

Robin Of The Hood

March 30th, 2011
1:31 pm

where’s Walt Weis???

lars mulligan

March 30th, 2011
1:31 pm

can I actally tppe a line w/o making a spelling error?

J.D. Phillips

March 30th, 2011
1:39 pm

where’s Bob Horner and Claudell Washington?

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jwilli120

March 30th, 2011
1:59 pm

where’s jeff blauser?

chefcookin

March 30th, 2011
2:08 pm

For the Schafer questions mclouth had a great spring and deserves the no 2 spot in the lineup he earned. I agree we trade jj as much as I like him and can’t wait to see hanson hopefully fulfill his potential to win 18-20 and be an ace and cy young candidate. Can uggla hit 30/100? Can heyward dominate games? Baseball season is less than 24 hrs away!!!!!!! We shall see.

Lee in S GA

March 30th, 2011
2:20 pm

NY’s Best

March 30th, 2011
8:21 am
Please re-sign Ruben Gotay. He could play outfield, infield, hit, and run. Four tools baby. GO METS!!!
________________________________________________________________________-
NY’s Best

I’m sure you want the Braves to sign Ruben Gotay again. The only thing I could ever figure out is that he had to be a spy for the Mets posing as a imposter in a Braves’ uniform. The guy did absolutely nothing for the Braves.

Lee in S GA

March 30th, 2011
2:44 pm

It would not surprise me that the Braves eventually trade JJ. My guess is next season. His trade value would be pretty high if he stayed healthy and return to form and have a season like he did a couple of years ago. Right now who would take a chance and the Braves would not get what he is worth …IMO

@fauxdereklowe

March 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

Pretty sure Pete Smith, Paul Byrd, and Russ Springer rent a two bedroom condo together in Lawrenceville.

Russel Nixon

March 30th, 2011
10:00 pm

I sure hope Cecil Upshaw has recoverd, we really missed him down the stretch.

Shamrockin

March 31st, 2011
12:04 am

That was a rediculous series of posts. Where’s (blank)? Silly. Sherrill is a low risk pck up IMO we are stacked with lefty bats in the nl east. He is a a LOOGY and if they did pull a lefty and replace with a rh bat he only has to throw one pitch to face the hitter for the duration of the at bat. If he can return to form he will be a steal. Did u see th $$$ relievers pulled down last offseason Im still very skeptical but I like the idea of a little veteren leadership. Still wanna see Christian Martinez make the roster. And the Collins/blanco farnsworth/ankiel fiasco Is garbage. Collins will be a strikeout machine in kc 12k/9??

Shamrockin

March 31st, 2011
12:06 am

*not face the hitter for the entire ab

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Gwinnett Steve

April 2nd, 2011
9:20 pm

Medlin will probably be out until Sept. this year. With some experience he could be the number 2 or 3 man for the A Braves. Great stuff for a young guy.

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