Jurrjens “ready to go” after six strong innings in Gwinnett

Jair Jurrjens reported no problems with his right oblique after pitching six solid innings against the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in a rehabilitation outing Monday night.

Now he’s got his wish – an end in sight. Jurrjens is on track to make his 2011 debut for the Braves Saturday night against the Mets.

“I felt good,” Jurrjens said. “I didn’t even think about (the oblique). I just tried to think about the hitters and throw strikes….I’m ready to go.”

Jurrjens gave up two runs on four hits, walked two and struck out three to earn the win 8-3 over the Tides. He threw 81 pitches, including 48 for strikes.

He gave up maybe three hard-hit balls, on a double by Nick Green and a long flyout and a solo home run by Nolan Reimold. Norfolk’s cleanup hitter took advantage of a hanging 2-1 slider for a home run to left in the fourth inning.

He gave up a triple but on a groundball down the line that got stuck along the fence in the right field corner. And Green’s double was misplayed in the outfield.

Jurrjens appeared to get stronger as the game went on too, retiring nine in a row to finish his outing. He needed only 12 pitches in a clean fifth inning and 11 in the sixth.

“You’re excited just to be out there again, to be in a real game,” said Jurrjens, who thought he was rushing early on. “You try to pump up and try to do too much. The last three innings I settled down and just tried to hit my spot and trusted the grip and throw it for a strike.”

Jurrjens has not pitched in a game for the Braves since last Sept. 14 against the Nationals. He missed the rest of September and the postseason with a knee injury, which required arthroscopic surgery during the offseason.

“Since we got to the playoffs and I wasn’t able to pitch, I’m really excited to get on the mound and try to help this team and be part of the team again,” Jurrjens said.

Monday was his first real game action since March 24 when he had to leave a spring training outing against the Blue Jays after one inning. He pitched a simulated game in Gwinnett last Wednesday.

Jurrjens was pitching in front of only a few hundred fans at Coolray Field Monday night. At one point, before the start of the fourth inning, Jurrjens had to wait for a young couple from Buford to finish getting engaged in first base foul territory, before he could take the mound.

But he said his adrenaline was high.

“I really tried to take the game really serious,” Jurrjens said. “I know these guys are playing for a ring too. I didn’t want to just come here and try to work on my stuff and not worry about them. I tried to take this like I’m pitching in the big league and try to win the game.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell made the trip up to watch him Monday night with the Braves off before opening a series with the Marlins on Tuesday. They were seated four rows up behind home plate in street clothes.

Jurrjens had two rocky innings – giving up a run each in the second and fourth innings – but otherwise faced the minimum in the remaining four innings.

Green, a former Brave infielder and Duluth native who is making a comeback from shoulder surgery in the Orioles organization, doubled to left in what might have been simply a single if left fielder Willie Cabrera hadn’t lost the ball in the sun and taken a bad route.

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chipper zzang

April 11th, 2011
10:16 pm

jurrjens gotta pitch for this team, and fighting chipper!!!!! (fan from Korea)

and..FIRST!

Barry Bonds

April 11th, 2011
10:18 pm

You mean that wasn’t vitamins?

J.J.

April 11th, 2011
10:20 pm

Mike Hampton is my hero.

Yo

April 11th, 2011
10:33 pm

braves have a better chance of going 162-0 than beating the Phillies. Get it!

Yo

April 11th, 2011
10:35 pm

Braves nation, you suck!

braves

April 11th, 2011
10:37 pm

I agree. We also have a stupid football, basketball and hockey teams.

mathman

April 11th, 2011
10:54 pm

KK loses at Miss tonight 3-0. Gave up 2 HR’s and all 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings. Same old KK. They eventually slow their bat speed down and rip the ball. No report of Brave infielders getting hurt on vicious ground balls.

mathman

April 11th, 2011
10:57 pm

Yo, what is the problem? Last night, it was Kenshin calling me names. Tonight it is you. Yo, Phillies won 2-3. It is not like they are world beaters. Couldn’t beat the Giants last year. Yo, yo Phillies need to trade for Kenshin. Kenshin say he be glad to play for Yo team. And, he could loan you some money. What say you, yo?

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

April 11th, 2011
10:59 pm

JJ can hit a good lick too.

Isenberg

April 11th, 2011
11:27 pm

Same old KK exactly… ZERO run support.

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billmaier

April 12th, 2011
12:13 am

DAVE THANKS FOR THE UPDATE on jj if looks good, but shoulod have mention marek pitched same game struck out the side— Stephen Marek 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.33 1 0
Juan Abreu 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 3.0 2 0 0 0 2 3 3 1.67 1 2
Cory Gearrin 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 3.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1.33 1 0
Jairo Asencio 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 1 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.67 0 1
marek has struck out 4 in 2 innings has a whip of 0.33 1 hit no walks–
ascencio has pitched 3 innings struck out 4– 2hits whip of .067
does anyone think they could not do the job over linebrink and sherrill????????????????????? ir is exciting to see jj pitch well but marek and abreau pitched even better in this game. also the kid who hit the home run to win it in the exhibion game went deep n tonight was 2-4 all he is doing so far is 7-16 3 doubles and a home run slg og 813- just saying— gomez

choozer

April 12th, 2011
12:49 am

can they do the job over linebrink and sherrill? heck yes, at least if we want to make the playoffs ;)

PJ

April 12th, 2011
12:52 am

Wow DOB stop with all the excuses for JJ already! You are starting to sound like his agent or something. I think JJ needs to prove to his big league teammates that he is really ready to be part of this team and contribute to the cause!

PJ is dumb

April 12th, 2011
1:38 am

He needs to prove himself. Just two years ago he was the ace and the best pitcher on the team. Get your facts straight stupid!

PJ is stupid

April 12th, 2011
2:06 am

PJ is proof that evolution can go in reverse.

JJ

April 12th, 2011
2:25 am

I am glad to see JJ on the way back.I just wish he could bring a veteran righthanded hitting CFer and a bench that is Major League ready instead of a group of minor leaguers.They have potential as indivduals,but as a group they just don’t rate.I wish our bench included Edgar R.,who is in Cinn,and A.Jones,who is a Yankee.You would have a vet in the infield that knows how to fit in with The Braves and he can also hit a little bit and Andruw would fit in great as our 4th OFer.Some Braves can make it back home,but others have a hard time returning.And just think they signrd George Sherill.Go figure.

JJ

April 12th, 2011
2:29 am

Good to see Wilkin Ramirez hit two taters tonite for Gwinnett.Hey Mr.GM,he is a righthand hitting outfielder who can also steal a few bases.GO BRAVES

Larry

April 12th, 2011
2:50 am

Sure, JJ’s overpowering 88 MPH fastball should bring immediate help to our starting rotation (roll eyes).

Bubba Joe

April 12th, 2011
6:06 am

Anybody who wants Andruw back is a complete idiot.

ramblingman

April 12th, 2011
7:46 am

Glad to see Nick Green’s comeback coming along. I always liked him.

Gee, the troll who changes his poster name and puts up post after post is fooling all of us. We all thought those were totally different people…really. You’re just too cool. I bet your mom makes you jello whenever you want.

To Billmaier – you know, the 21 question marks just weren’t enough to convince me. Maybe one or two more would have done it, along with posting long lines of stats that are hard to follow.

reckingball

April 12th, 2011
8:33 am

GO BRAVES!!!

reckingball

April 12th, 2011
8:34 am

Calling for the return of Andruw, is not smart.

Bill

April 12th, 2011
8:40 am

Good job Rameriz and JJ…Go Braves.
Agree@7:46

Sonny Jackson

April 12th, 2011
9:35 am

KK

April 12th, 2011
9:40 am

I pitched last night too…What about me?

David O'Brien

April 12th, 2011
10:00 am

Wow DOB stop with all the excuses for JJ already! — PJ

PJ, I didn’t write this story.

jek

April 12th, 2011
10:09 am

Hanson throws batting practice– JJ is breakable- Hudson gives up 3 runs to start a game- there is no #4 or#5 starter– I may be the only one who acknowledges it , but this rotation is not that good.

Roy Halladay

April 12th, 2011
10:20 am

Atlanta has a baseball team?

wjones

April 12th, 2011
10:31 am

“jek

April 12th, 2011
10:09 am
Hanson throws batting practice– JJ is breakable- Hudson gives up 3 runs to start a game- there is no #4 or#5 starter– I may be the only one who acknowledges it , but this rotation is not that good.”

So I guess in your sad, pessimistic world Derek Lowe doesn’t exist?

Yes, how dare Hudson give up some runs! Next thing you know, some hitters will make outs! We are doomed!

Maybe no one in your family is brave enough to tell you this, so I will. Brace yourself. All pitchers, at some point, give up runs. There, I said it. Let me know if you need to talk later.

PMC

April 12th, 2011
10:38 am

About time Carroll was given her own picture title flag eh?

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csg

April 12th, 2011
10:52 am

was JJ hitting 91-92 with his fastball?

Supes

April 12th, 2011
11:07 am

Actually, Jair has a lot to prove to the team. He’s been injury prone and has to step up and tough it out…how do u think Tommy G, Maddux and others pitched all those innings 230+ every season in the 90’s???

wooshman

April 12th, 2011
11:24 am

Maybe jj will come back strong and pitch several good games and we could trade him for a cf. He’s gone after this season anyway.

gotigers72

April 12th, 2011
11:38 am

You know the Dead Sox are looking for some pitching. They are last in MLB with a team ERA of 7.26 and a BAA of 280. YIKES! DiceK and sLackey could not get my ten year twin grandsons out at the moment. If we could get Ellsbury and a bullpen pitcher for JJ, would it be worth it? I don’t know how good of a player Ellsbury is, but would bet that he’s better than McOut.

Wren has to suck it up and admit that he made TWO mistakes with multi year contracts in KK and McLousy. He hasn’t been able to do that yet. What is he gonna let McOut do, play 40-50 games with that lousy uppercut swing and continue to hurt the Braves offense, or will Frankie man up and admit he made a mistake by signing that pitiful excuse for a CF and DFA him?

enz

April 12th, 2011
11:45 am

Carroll seems to write most of the stories here…Not sure why it’s called the Daily DOB.

billmaier

April 12th, 2011
11:55 am

gotigers72 wren only two mistakes? what about sherrrill. linebrink and proctor- finally had the good sense to let him go only to resign him– marek, abreau, and ascencio all better relievers look at what marek did last year and doing this year at triple a struck out the side same game we are raving about jj.. How about any article marek ready to go strikes out the side a whip of .033 wren paying any attention????

David O'Brien

April 12th, 2011
11:56 am

Carroll seems to write most of the stories here…Not sure why it’s called the Daily DOB. enz

I’m not sure, enz. You should launch an investigation, get to the bottom of this, because I’ve noticed you’ve had several comments about this situation and my schedule. Tell you what, while the team’s out of town on upcoming 10-game trip to California, maybe you’ll have time to get some answers. (I’ll be covering the team for that whole trip, else I’d help you out.)

MANNY MENDOESSA

April 12th, 2011
12:02 pm

BUT CAN HE HIT??!

Bill

April 12th, 2011
12:07 pm

DOB don’t let some blogger get to you. Don’t take it personal… the real Braves fans appreciate what you do. Keep up the great job.

Bill

April 12th, 2011
12:12 pm

Its great to know Glenn Hubbard is with Royals…

billmaier

April 12th, 2011
12:20 pm

Dob we really aprreciate all the info and insight you bring the one idiot does not represnt the majority- keep up the great work– any idea how long the leash will be on sherrril if he continues to prove hecannot get the job done?

wjones

April 12th, 2011
12:23 pm

“Bill

April 12th, 2011
12:12 pm
Its great to know Glenn Hubbard is with Royals…”

What? The Royals are even signing up our old coaches?

David O'Brien

April 12th, 2011
12:36 pm

billmaier: I’ve asked myself same question about Sherrill. I mean, if he’s not great against lefties and is awful against righties, I don’t know how long the Braves can run him out there. But let’s see how he does in next few appearances. So far, it’s raised red flags, as did his woeful performance against righties in 2011.

Brave New World

April 12th, 2011
12:56 pm

Yo April 11th, 2011 10:33 pm Braves have a better chance of going 162-0 than beating the Phillies. Get it! April 11th, 2011 10:35 pm Braves nation, you suck!

“Yo” Why the nasty posts? Mommy burn your mini pizzas?

Jesse Stone

April 12th, 2011
12:59 pm

Former Braves that became Royals: Dayton Moore, Ned Yost, Glenn Hubbard, Bruce Chen, Frenchie, Melky, Davies, Tim Collins, Brayan Pena, Betemit, Gregor Blanco

bascogcjs

April 12th, 2011
1:14 pm

Jesse Stone, add Kahliah K’haluei (spell ?) to the former Braves at KC.
He’s starting art 1B for the Royals.

unbelievable

April 12th, 2011
1:32 pm

If we could get Ellsbury and a bullpen pitcher for JJ, would it be worth it? – gotigers

Yes, but you arent going to get Ellsbury for JJ right now.

Jesse Stone

April 12th, 2011
1:48 pm

bascogcjs- I thought that was the brother of the Braves minor leaguer.

phil

April 12th, 2011
2:14 pm

I thought that was a cramp JJ had about 2 weeks ago? No, you say?

And wow….he looked good against a winless triple A team!!! Can’t wait to see what he injures within 2 innings on sat nite….bring back Rick Camp!!

phil

April 12th, 2011
2:16 pm

I’m afraid Sherrill ain’t an answer…he needs to join KK over in Miss…..i heard his numbers from last year on the radio several weeks ago and thought to myself then, we signed this guy? Why?

Still asking why?

ramblingman

April 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

“I thought that was the brother of the Braves minor leaguer.”

You are correct, Jesse Stone. Kila is playing 1B for the Royals. Kala played in the minors for the Braves.

ramblingman

April 12th, 2011
2:20 pm

Here’s why, phil – because this ain’t no fantasy league and the Braves can’t afford a $200 Million budget. Sometimes they take a chance with someone on a lower salary to see if it pans out. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s the nature of the gamble.

phil

April 12th, 2011
2:21 pm

lol at the impending investigation of DOB for not writing the blog while on vacation in California soon….

Rogers will be staying in Atlanta, you see, to cover JJ’s first rehab start at Gwinnett on april 27th after he injures his pinkie toe sat nite trying to get his shoe on…

Come on, JJ….we need you.

phil

April 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

rambling – yeah, i know…i think the era i heard from last year was 7 or 8 though….really bad stuff….that’s why it stuck in my head….i’d rather send KK out there in long relief…

JD

April 12th, 2011
2:25 pm

good article from NYT on oblique injuries – seems its quickly becoming “the” injury in baseball:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/sports/baseball/12injury.html?_r=1&ref=sports

Good to know JJ isn’t the only one struggling through this injury….

SweetPunkin

April 12th, 2011
2:29 pm

Gee..sick of the haters already, not even out of April yet.

phil

April 12th, 2011
2:39 pm

And I’m just as sick of the Blog Police, Sweet….lighten up just a little….

As for the oblique issue, is it being attributed to not working the obliques as much as other muscle groups, thus leaving it weaker and more prone to injury?

jim

April 12th, 2011
2:50 pm

The Hawaiian 1B in the KC is not the former Brave farm hand, but his brother.

wjones

April 12th, 2011
3:07 pm

OK, here is my question about the Hawaiian brothers. Aren’t they very close in age? And they are both big first basemen, pretty much not going to play anywhere else, right? So growing up, which one of them played first? And where did the other one play? Inquiring minds want to know.

Darrell Waltrip

April 12th, 2011
3:29 pm

Be sure to tune into the race Sunday.

Talledega Boys!

phil

April 12th, 2011
3:34 pm

Sweet…my favorite driver shows up! You only won there twice, dw…..how come?

ramblingman

April 12th, 2011
3:57 pm

phil, I think they looked at Sherrill’s stats from prior years and decided it was worth the gamble that last year was an outlier instead of a trend. Either way, it was not too much for the gamble, more of a type with a potential big upside.

As for the Ka’ahuie brothers, if I recall correctly, I think one of them played catcher when they were younger and smaller.

I saw Kala playing for Mississippi and he was big but just had a couple of holes in his swing.

JJ

April 12th, 2011
6:40 pm

Hey Bubba,AJ was good enough for The Yankees,who have won a whole lot more than My Braves,so maybe they might be a little smarter than some like you that are quick to label people who you don’t know,stupid.

ramblingman

April 12th, 2011
9:24 pm

“Hanson will get racked again tonight and the Braves will score 1 run. He’s lost the velocity he had 2 years ago.

Marlins 7

Braves 1″

The above quote was brought to you courtesy of

Billy Marlin
April 12th, 2011
8:39 am

Ummm, Billy? Don’t quit the day job, bud.

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