Jurrjens seeking second opinion on troublesome knee

A two-week stint on the disabled list did little to help Jair Jurrjens’ sore right knee, and now he’s planning to travel to Vail, Colo. to get a second opinion from noted knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman. An MRI taken on it Wednesday  revealed a bone bruise.

Jurrjens was scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Dodgers, but that’s doubtful now. The Braves held back Randall Delgado in Triple-A Gwinnett so he can pitch in that spot if necessary. Then they still have Julio Teheran available to pitch the second game of the doubleheader in New York on Sept. 8.

Jurrjens said his concern now is not finishing the regular season but being ready for the postseason. This same knee kept him out of the postseason a year ago.

“My main concern right now is the playoffs,” Jurrjens said. “I’m not really worried about the season anymore.…If I can take a couple days off and get a second opinion and see if I can go out there and be fine. (I want to) do whatever we need to do to get me out there to perform like I want to.”

Jurrjens was still finalizing plans to see Steadman but tentatively planned to fly out to his Vail clinic on Saturday for an examination on Sunday.

When Jurrjens went on the disabled list Aug. 6, he was told his knee was inflamed, which was a normal reaction to the arthroscopic surgery he had last October for a torn meniscus. Jurrjens had a second MRI Wednesday which revealed the bone bruise but no tears in his meniscus. But Jurrjens said it’s still giving him significant pain pushing off on pitches.

His velocity has dropped on both his fastball and his slider. His slider was well off its normal pace on Tuesday night – in the mid to upper 70s – when he gave up six runs in six innings against the Nationals Tuesday. His fastball only occasionally ventures into the low 90s.

“It’s getting a little frustrating getting beat, not even having good stuff,” Jurrjens said. “… Off and on during the season I’ve had soreness there, I was able to go out and pitch. But in the second half, the soreness began to get a little stronger, so I’m not able to push off like I want to. I’m trying to get an answer for it and see what’s out there for me to do.”

Jurrjens is 1-3 with a 5.88 since the All-Star break after going 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA before it. He has lost twice in three starts since returning from the DL, while allowing 11 runs in 18 1/3 innings.

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DC Brave

September 1st, 2011
6:34 pm

So glad Frank kept the prospects…

Tip O' the Cap

September 1st, 2011
6:40 pm

j

September 1st, 2011
6:42 pm

Postseason rotation? 1-Huddy, 2-Beachy, 3-Lowe?

Trainwreck

September 1st, 2011
6:44 pm

It sucks for JJ but hopefully that’s the reason he has been under performing lately. I really hope he takes all the time he needs off of the reg season if that means he can come back strong for the postseason

Trainwreck

September 1st, 2011
6:45 pm

Thats a scary thought j

jimbo

September 1st, 2011
6:45 pm

I would like to remind the entire braves team that they are not in the playoffs yet!

Weaseal

September 1st, 2011
6:48 pm

So the 7 man rotation seems to work get back soon Tommy & JJ

PDOG

September 1st, 2011
6:51 pm

How come after both JJ and Hanson get bombed they say they feel fine only to tell everyone a week later that they are hurting.

Oklahoma Brave

September 1st, 2011
7:01 pm

We only have to get to the fifth inning, the bullpen will come through – Big O, Vizcaino, Venters, Kimbrel. Can’t wait to see what the future rotation looks like after JJ and Lowe are gone – Hudson, Hanson, Beachy, Minor, Teheran or Delgado.
Also, love the new bench. Since we have a 99.8% chance of making the playoffs, its time to let Heyward get out of his funk. We have such a large lead, it doesn’t matter… he needs at bats. If he gets hot in October, we will kill the Phillies/Yankees/Red Sox.

kirkinga

September 1st, 2011
7:20 pm

I’m much less worried about JJ’s knee than I am of Hanson’s shoulder. Until the Beachy, Minor, and the prospects demonstrate that they can get it done on a consistent, year-to-year basis, I’m not for giving away either Hanson, or JJ.

Don’t forget, we still also do not know how Medlen will evolve after he returns from his injury.

Zenman

September 1st, 2011
7:23 pm

Enter your comments here

Rowsdower

September 1st, 2011
7:43 pm

And I would like to remind Jimbo that if the Braves somehow do not make the playoffs, it would be historic.

If JJ and Tommy make it back for the playoffs, they better be healthy. I don’t want them in the rotation if they’re not 100%. We have more than enough arms to survive a short series.

ray k.

September 1st, 2011
7:44 pm

2011 MVP: Chipper’s legs

Runnin

September 1st, 2011
8:01 pm

JJ, as good as you have been for us at times, you just can’t pitch like crap at the end of the season, and have they have the most confidence in. If you don’t pitch again and establish yourself as being healthy and dialed in, well, I dunno.

panamajack

September 1st, 2011
8:03 pm

@OklamahaBrave

I love that rotation if you leave Hanson out. Even when he is healthy which I doubt he ever will be, he can’t hold runners on and with McCann catching they have no chance throwing anyone out. This means any walk or single becomes an automatic double,

wins-by-a-link

September 1st, 2011
8:24 pm

There was no doubt about the way JJ was pitching that something was wrong, He probably will miss the rest of regular season, lets hope he can pitch in postseason, Hanson is doubtful for the remainder of season, Glad FW didn’t trade Minor for Beltran, We would be in a bind.

BIG JAM

September 1st, 2011
8:50 pm

Frank Wren speaks as if he doubts if JJ will be back this season at all!

bucky oneil

September 1st, 2011
10:08 pm

Could back fill JJ, but JJ and Hanson both would be tough

gene garbage

September 1st, 2011
10:18 pm

nothing makes me more ill than to be lied to straight faced. what happened to all of the “nothing wrong with the knee, it’s fine, just trying to get my rhythm back” BS?!?!? i truly hate it when these guys take us for idiots…

SportsRadio PD

September 2nd, 2011
12:26 am

I had the chance to talk briefly w/JJ last year and again 2 weeks ago, nice guy, wants it bad and determined not to miss his chance in this game, so missing a start is not at all something he wants to do but…he’s also a smart kid who knows he’s got a lot of baseball ahead of him. Injury-free he put up blow you away numbers, and if he can get well soon, he’ll also do it in the post season. Just get well JJ, don’t push it.

Jesus

September 2nd, 2011
1:41 am

Well CRAP!!! If our post-season does not include JJ or Hanson, we could be screwed. I’m as die hard as they come but we need them to beat the Phillies, let-a-lone win it all.

Supes

September 2nd, 2011
1:43 am

Jair looks finished…they should shut him down for the rest of the regular season at the very least.

Wouldn’t be surprised to see him dealt this off-season and not Lowe (although Lowe’s contract is a burden).

Johnny R

September 2nd, 2011
2:29 am

This injury to Jair kind of shows how meaningless stats are sometimes, pitching hurt and all.

wallypip

September 2nd, 2011
3:03 am

JJ has been eminently hittable for six weeks. It was clear there was something wrong with him. I get MLB TV and frequently listen to opposing teams’ broadcasters, and they’ve been remarking prominently for some time on how suprised they were about JJ’s loss of velocity. You didn’t hear the Braves announcers mention it much. Of course, they are employees of the Braves and while guys like Joe Simpson surely knew that JJ and Hanson were clearly pitching hurt, they aren’t going to come out and say so. They are going to follow the party line, which I can sort of understand. I do not see Hanson or JJ coming back to contribute this season, which is regrettable. But I’m sure that the travails of Hanson, JJ and Lowe are what kept Wren from trading Minor or another prospect. Looks like a very wise move right now, provided we can get a couple of the younger arms ready to compete under the microscope of the post season. Gotta worry a bit about Prado, too.

clay

September 2nd, 2011
3:14 am

Everyone that always hates on FW all the damn time. How good is he looking now that hanson and JJ are hurting?

Heyward grounds out to second

September 2nd, 2011
3:52 am

I think JJ should be held out of the playoffs, and J is exactly right. It’s got to be Hudson, Beachy and Lowe as your starting three in the playoffs unless Hanson comes back and has two or three OUTSTANDING starts, that’s got to be your top three. And better get Delgado and Minor work because we’ll need them if we get to the NLCS.

Hudson and Beachy have been the only two guys we can count on after the All Star break. Now D Lowe has really turned it around and is pitching his butt off. He had absolutely sick stuff last night.

You can say all you want about experience, but do you really want Hanson or JJ pitching over Beachy if they’re healthy in the post season if they’re still going to be putting up numbers like they have recently?

We’ll be swept. And lose in the NLDS. Again.

If Freddi is smart and keeps riding the hot hand like he has been all year. Hudson, Beachy and Lowe is the way to go.

BoatDoc

September 2nd, 2011
8:06 am

MLB has taken about 4 off-days out of the post-season schedule (presumably to maintain interest/momentum for the national audience). I’m not certain any team can go with only a 3-man rotation, at least not through the whole potentially 19 game schedule.

Can ANYONE explain what apparently magical powers D-Lowe obtains in the last month to go from mediocre to the reincarnation of Tom Seaver?

bvillebaron

September 2nd, 2011
9:11 am

Supes and all the other medical experts on here:

Maybe you ought to wait to hear what Dr. Steadman has to say before attempting to make medical diagnoses here.

Brave New World

September 2nd, 2011
9:50 am

jimbo September 1st, 2011 6:45 pm I would like to remind the entire braves team that they are not in the playoffs yet!

jimbo: Since you are the self-appointed “Playoff Sheriff” in these here parts, why don’t you mosey on over to all the MLB team blogs and tell them that same startling fact.

Heisenberg

September 2nd, 2011
9:51 am

In addition to getting Diaz & Wilson at the waiver trade deadline, the braves also picked up a pitcher. It shows on the ESPN upcoming schedule Braves have Undecided set to pitch Sunday. Glad we picked him up….that guy always gave us fits!

jmor

September 2nd, 2011
10:22 am

JJ has not been near low 90’s with his fastball…It has been 86-88 and over the plate. Lowe looked like Nolan Ryan last game compared to JJ.

bob

September 2nd, 2011
11:31 am

Should we take anything out of the injuries which seem to plague the staff? I just do not recall so many injuries in the old days when Leo was around with his devotion to off day regimens.

Any comments?

Drew

September 2nd, 2011
12:54 pm

These injuries should be good for contract extension negotiations.

Supes

September 2nd, 2011
4:20 pm

bvillebaron,

I don’t need to “hear or see Medical Results”…I was at the TED the last 2 times Jair pitched and saw how much he looks like a shell of his former self. Do you think there is some miracle drug and or procedure to “cure him” and give him back his 92-94mph fastball and his off-speed pitch location…before the season ends and we have field a playoff rotation? If so, I’ve got some front beach property in Kansas I’d like to sell to you….

Heisenberg

September 2nd, 2011
4:27 pm

There can be no official diagnosis until Prado has reviewed the X-rays.

Geno

September 2nd, 2011
5:00 pm

Two words: Pascual Perez

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