MIAMI – The Braves had encouraging reports Wednesday from rehabbing pitchers Jair Jurrjens and Kris Medlen.
Jurrjens’ knee held up fine during a full-effort 50-pitch bullpen session in Miami, while Medlen’s one-inning relief appearance went without incident a few hours up the turnpike in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Jurrjens is recovering from a bone bruise in his right knee and last pitched in a game Aug. 30. He wore a custom-fitted brace during a 40-pitch bullpen session Monday and during Wednesday’s longer, more intense session in the Sun Life Stadium bullpen.
“It was good, comfortable,” Jurrjens said of the session. “The brace and the all the exercises that I’ve been doing, the exercises that the doctor gave me, seems like it’s working.”
He said he threw all his pitches at “100 percent” effort and had no problems. Jurrjens is scheduled to throw about 50 pitches in an Instructional League game Friday, and still isn’t expected to rejoin the rotation until a potential second-round playoff series.
“[The brace] is giving me the confidence back to, like, drive off the mound and reach out,” he said. “I’m a little sore in the low back because it’s been a long time without reaching. But it’s a good feeling. I’ll just keep working. Whatever the front office and the manager decide to do, the only thing I can do is keep working and get ready.”
The Braves think there’s a better shot that Tommy Hanson (shoulder) could make it back for the opening round. Hanson is scheduled to throw about 65 pitches in an Instructional League game Friday, and could pitch the regular-season finale next Wednesday against Philadelphia if the Braves have clinched the wild card by then.
Medlen is 13 months removed from ligament-transplant elbow surgery and trying to get back in time for a bullpen role in a potential first-round playoff series. He threw 19 warmup pitches and 12 pitches in one inning of an Instructional League game.
He could pitch at least once more in Florida before possibly being activated for next week’s finale series against Philadelphia.