Jurrjens set to make 2011 debut Saturday

Jair Jurrjens initially didn’t want to wait through two rehabilitation starts in Triple-A Gwinnett before making his 2011 debut. But now that his first scheduled start is here – Saturday against the Mets – he can appreciate it more.

“I tested it twice already full force and I’m confident I’m not feeling anything,” said Jurrjens of the right oblique which kept him out for two starts. “I’m just going to go out there and try to concentrate on the hitters and give my team a good game.”

This will be Jurrjens first major league start since Sept. 14 against the Nationals. He missed the rest of the season and postseason with a knee injury, which required arthroscopic surgery in the offseason. Jurrjens had missed the better part of May and June last season with a hamstring injury.

Jurrjens said this is the best he’s felt heading out for a start since 2009. He went 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA in a career-year that year.

“It’s going to be awesome to go out there and not worry about anything,” Jurrjens said. “Just go out there and throw strikes, only worry about the hitters. (Last year) every pitch you feel an achy soreness somewhere, like ‘oh my god, here it comes.’ It takes you away from concentrating on baseball.”

Jurrjens went 7-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 20 starts last year, his worst year by far in his first three as a Brave.

He’ll take the mound with a good track record against the Mets. He’s 7-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 10 career starts against them.

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Michael Uggs The Beast

April 15th, 2011
7:18 pm

couldnt do worse than beachy

mathman

April 15th, 2011
11:24 pm

That’s funny. Beachy has 2 out of 3 quality starts. Hanson 1-3. Hudson 2-3. Lowe 3-3. Minor 0-1. And, the one he was terrible in, he left with a tie. Pay attention, Michael.

It is the hitting that has cost us games.

Robin Of The Hood

April 16th, 2011
1:56 am

Are you going by what the MLB consider Quality starts cause thats a 4.50 ERA…..AKA a trip back the the minors

CajunStorm

April 16th, 2011
9:33 am

I’m a BIG Jair Jurrjens Fan. I think the kid can be a top of the order guy for THE BRAVES for many years. He is NOT injury prone (one season of injuries started by a pre-season injury) and I Love is demeanor on the mound. This kid can get up to 96 on the gun with movemwnt and follow it with a killer change.

As Lowe and Huddy move on in a couple years, Teheran will be the Ace and Tommy and JJ will battle over the no. 2 spot for years.

Choppinmama

April 16th, 2011
11:48 am

Let’s hope JJ is at the top of his game. He won’t have “fresh” fielders behind him in the second game of the day. Maybe our bats will be warmed up by then too.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

April 16th, 2011
12:24 pm

bobbymahlon

April 16th, 2011
12:51 pm

Just happened to look at Jeff Francoeur’s stats thus far Avg. 3.27 RBI 11 Slug 509 . Looks great and also considering he won a gold glove one year kinda wish we still had him out there along with Prado and Heyward.

sonofodin

April 16th, 2011
1:24 pm

This is good but J.J. coming back means nothing unless our bats wake up…

Also, Beach has pitched two good games, and one lousy game…and so has Hudson, its not Beacheys fault that he gets absolutely no run support…

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