MILWAUKEE – The Braves had a good report from Jair Jurrjens’ simulated game Wednesday at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he tested his strained right oblique with a 75-pitch workout consisting of four “innings” against Gwinnett hitters.
The right-hander threw 75 pitches to 18 batters and allowed two hits, no runs and no walks with three strikeouts and a hit batsman.
“He threw well, no problems,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the report he got on Jurrjens. “He’ll throw again on Monday at Gwinnett, and we’ll see how he goes from there. He’ll be lined up to [start] on the 16th if everything goes well.”
Jurrjens opened the season on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 25. He’s set to make a Triple-A start Monday and rejoin Atlanta’s rotation to start April 16 at home against the New York Mets.
Mike Minor was recalled from Gwinnett after the Jurrjens was DL’d, and was the starter for Wednesday night’s game against Milwaukee in the No. 5 rotation spot. Brandon Beachy moved up from fifth starter to Jurrjens’ fourth spot to begin the season.
Minor is expected to make only one start unless Jurrjens isn’t ready on the 16th. That’s the next time they will need a fifth starter, because of an April 11 off day in the schedule.