Jurrjens trying to stay positive despite long odds

Jair Jurrjens is trying to stay positive as he attempts a comeback from a bone bruise in his right knee, but with a little more than two weeks left in the regular season, the odds are long and he knows it.

Jurrjens has been playing catch while wearing a specially-fitted knee brace for the past four days, and working on strengthening his right quadriceps muscle to take pressure off his knee. But he’s got no immediate timetable to start throwing off a mound, unlike Tommy Hanson who threw a bullpen session Sunday and plans another one Wednesday.

If all goes well, Hanson is headed to the instructional league to get in some rehab work against hitters to try to get in one start before the regular season ends. For Jurrjens, that window is narrowing. When asked about his chances to get back this season, he hung his head.

“I’m trying to stay positive and take it day by day and work on it,” Jurrjens said. “It’s something you need to check on reality too. Are you really going to be able to come and help this team out? Every athlete is going to say yes. I can say ‘Yes I will come and pitch again,’ but to be a guy who is going to help? I don’t know yet. That’s the thing I’m doubtful.”

Jurrjens received reinforcement of his original bone bruise diagnosis from knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman on Sept. 4. Jurrjens said he plans to return to Steadman once the season is over and see if there are any other treatment options.

Jurrjens said he could have received a PRP injection (a platelet-rich plasma) but that would have been risky because he wouldn’t be able to feel pain in his knee and know if and when to back down. At age 25, he’s worried about the long-term consequences as well.

That leaves him frustrated in the short-term though and facing the possibility that he might miss his second consecutive postseason because of his right knee.

“It’s frustrating and sometimes it’s really hard to be around the guys right now,” Jurrjens said. “But I just need to accept it and deal with it and try to make the best of it.”

Looking back, Jurrjens said he wished he’d taken more time off when he went on the disabled list in early August with inflammation. But he felt OK in the bullpen. In his first game back though, he said the pain immediately came back, and both his velocity and effectiveness suffered.

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September 12th, 2011
7:13 pm

Darryl Blackberry

September 12th, 2011
7:54 pm

This is a hurtful loss to the club. I hope he’ll at least have a shot at pitching a few innings in the postseason so he can contribute. You know, maybe a little long relief or something.


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SportsRadio PD

September 12th, 2011
11:40 pm

You have incredible stuff J.J. and a long career ahead, don’t risk it, next year will come, just get well friend.

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September 13th, 2011
7:17 am

JJ is toast. This is the same knee that he supposedly had fixed last off season, after missing the end of last year. He has nothing to offer anyway, and he all but says it.

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Tom B.

September 13th, 2011
8:06 am

i want to know what these guys do in spring training that they are constantly getting hurt during the year………..focus on being in shape and less on fundamentals; those come naturally.


September 13th, 2011
8:52 am

I am confused. How did he get a bone bruise from a strain. Did he get hit by a batted ball. I do not remeber that.


September 13th, 2011
9:49 am

Another injury easy to fix. Stop standing sideways to the target. You will ruin your knees.


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September 13th, 2011
10:20 am

I could be wrong, but it seems Leo Mazzone conditioned our pitchers much better. I don’t ever remember those guys getting hurt except for Smoltz and he always made sure he was ready for the stretch run


September 13th, 2011
10:56 am

The Braves may as well forget about trying to have a good pitching staff. It is IMPOSSIBLE to sign and develop quality pithcers FAST ENOUGH – AS FAST AS OUR PITCHERS GO DOWN WITH INJURES SINCE McDOWELL BECAME PITCHING COACH. It is not just one or two years or one or two pitchers. Haven’t we had TWO to THREE starting pitchers (one year, wasn’t it FOUR out of the five) to go down with serious injuries EVERY YEAR since he became the pitching coach – and this says nothing about all the injuries to relief pitchers. How much of this is the fault of his conditioniong program and the way he handles pitchers, of course, cannot be proven. But with this number of injuries going on and on and on year after year after year, it is time for a change. It is amazaing that the change as not already been made with Leo available.

David Pinholster

September 13th, 2011
11:41 am

A bone bruise? What is that anyways? Jurjiens is beginning to sound like a mental case with one strange long term unique injury after another. Maybe it’s time to look for someone more reliable.

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September 13th, 2011
2:23 pm

The Braves will be a totally dangerous October postseason team, when October baseball arrives with or without Jair Jurrjens- not to mention they will give those Phillies all they can handle whether the Braves upset them in the postseason or not.GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the truth...

September 13th, 2011
11:21 pm

@David Pinholster

You are just an idiot for that comment…are you not smart enough to Google the term “bone bruise” ? If you were, you could find this as well as dozens more…Or maybe you have one between your ears????


Below the drawing of the knee:

A bone bruise results from compressive forces incurred during an injury. The damaged area occurs in the medullary portion of the bone and can be accompanied by bleeding and swelling.

Bruises are often caused by falls, sports injuries, car accidents, or blows received by other people or objects. Bruises can last from days to months, with the bone bruise being the most severe and painful


September 14th, 2011
2:51 am

I hope Jair gets better and I can only imagine what Cubs fans are going through with injuries to Kerry wood and Mark Prior that is why the Cubs have been so bad for the last few years! I hope Jair and Tommy don’t expect too much money because they have injury concerns

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