Spring struggles continue for Jurrjens (10.13 ERA)

LAKELAND, Fla. — Jair Jurrjens said some of the same things after his alarming start Tuesday as he said after one  five days before: That he felt good despite the results, and needed to start focusing more on hitters and less on his right knee.

The Braves right-hander gave up eight hits and seven runs (six earned) in five innings of a 7-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium,  raising Jurrjens’ bloated spring ERA another half-run to 10.13.

“I know it sounds like excuses,” he said. “It’s my own fault. I just need to try to focus and get back to getting people out, stop worrying about whether everything’s perfect and just worry about the hitters.”

Jurrjens didn’t pitch in September due to a strained knee, the second year in a row he finished the season on the disabled list for a right-knee injury. He wears a brace now when he pitches, and insisted again that the knee felt fine.

His velocity has been a modest 89-91 mph on most  fastballs this spring, and Jurrjens has been lit up for 25 hits and 15 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings, with 10 walks with eight strikeouts.

He has only two more starts before the regular season. Is he worried?

“You want to see results,” Jurrjens said. “It’s still spring training. I’m not happy the way I’m pitching but I’m trying not to go too crazy [about it]. I’m still trying to figure out a lot of stuff, still trying to get more comfortable before the season starts. Right now I’m not completely happy with my performance, but I feel good.”

The way the rotation is currently lined up indicates Jurrjens is the likely opening-day starter April 5 at New York. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he hadn’t made a decision yet, and that only Jurrjens, Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor had built up innings this spring to be opening-day options.

Gonzalez plans to make the opening-day starter decision in the next week. The positive he took from Jurrjens’ performance Tuesday was the five innings he worked, his high this spring.

“I think he just left a couple of balls over the plate that those two right-handed hitters got out of the ballpark,” Gonzalez said of homers by Ryan Raburn in the second inning and Delmon Young in the fifth. “But I thought he got better. The fourth inning was pretty good, and he was on his way to throwing a pretty good fifth inning.

“I’m not really concerned about the runs given up right now. I’m looking for him to continue building up for the major league season.”

Jurrjens gave Gonzalez a scare when the pitcher slipped and fell after his left heel got caught in a small hole that developed beneath his landing spot on the too-dry mound dirt in the fifth inning. Jurrjens got up and said he was fine to continue. He said that had no effect on his pitching.

“He’s worked so hard to get to this point and I thought there was something wrong, but it wasn’t,” Gonzalez said of the incident. “He went back out and got his work in. That was encouraging.”

Jurrjens made the NL All-Star team with his career-best first half in 2011, when he was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 16 starts. It’s been a struggle ever since his knee started to ache after the All-Star break, when he went 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA in just seven starts.

Between those post-break starts and his spring outings, Jurrjens is 1-5 with a 6.91 ERA in 11 games, with 74 hits (11 homers) and 42 earned runs allowed in 54-2/3 innings, and almost as many walks (29) as strikeouts (33).

“I’m thinking too much right now on the mechanics, trying to get everything down and back where I was last year,” he said. “Just trying to push off and make sure the leg is 100 percent, and I’m taking a little concentration off the hitters. I think I need to – this is my fourth start already and I’ve been OK, no pain – I need to start concentrating on the hitters again and stop worrying about my leg….

“I’m trying not to go crazy. I try to see the positive things in every start, and that’s very difficult every day. But just keep working, and hopefully when the season starts there will be some [better] results.”

108 comments Add your comment

Ralph

March 20th, 2012
5:25 pm

First time ever did this

Coach ( 2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)

March 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

Beachy 6.0 ERA

Hanson 6.0 ERA

Delgado 6.92 ERA

Teheran 9.0 ERA

Jurrjens 10.13 ERA

Huddy on the shelf till May and if this were the first month of the season, I would characterize this bunch as a last place team. Fortunately it’s still spring training, but the season is creeping up…….

Ralph

March 20th, 2012
5:28 pm

JJ said before that his knee was fine, felt great, no problem, Now his excuse is he’s focusing too much on his knee, BS!

Mike

March 20th, 2012
5:30 pm

I’m torn between saying it’s too early to put stock in this and thinking the first half of last year was a fluke.

Ball's-N-All

March 20th, 2012
5:33 pm

Does JJ have any OPPS. left so we can send him down to minors…that would send his ace a message,that he might be fightin for a startin spot…thank goodness we have alot of pitching!

Ralph

March 20th, 2012
5:33 pm

JJ is going to be this years Lowe, Kawakami, can’t trade him because no one will give up anything for him. Perhaps the best thing is to unload him for a bag of baseballs and a player to be named later, at least we wouldn’t be paying him to go out and lose games for us.

The Dude

March 20th, 2012
5:34 pm

JJ didn’t look to good today. 88-91 and straight as an arrow. His mechanics look totally different and it looks like he is scared of that knee. Falling off the mound, dragging his arm, and leaving everything up. Gonna be a long season for him if he doesn’t get the sink back.

Ralph

March 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

Ball’s-N-All
March 20th, 2012
5:33 pm

We do have a lot of pitching but Fruti has already made up his mind that JJ is his ACE and he wil keep sending him out every 5th day come hell or high water then he can make excuses why we mised the playoffs by one game.

Mike

March 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

Anybody else thinking Medlin should definitely be in the rotation?

Ralph

March 20th, 2012
5:44 pm

Mike

That has been the main topic of conversation on this blog for the past week. It looks as though Fruti has his mind made up that Meds is going to the bullpen even though he is probably our second best pitcher, there is no cure for STUPID.

Stinger2

March 20th, 2012
6:02 pm

Ralph: Are you having a bad day?

Stan

March 20th, 2012
6:06 pm

The first half of last year was clearly a fluke. ERA can be such a sham but fans get brainwashed by idiot writers who can’t bother to learn the better methods of evaluation. Braves made a horrible mistake asking too much for JJ. His stuff is pedestrian whether he injured or not. If a pitcher can’t miss bats or get a significant amount % of GBs then that pitcher just isn’t that good. Braves are going to learn a hard lesson this year.

Charles

March 20th, 2012
6:10 pm

Pretty disgusting pitching across the board (JJ, Hanson, Beachy, Hudson out, none of the “young guns” showing much promise) for a team that is supposed to be strong on pitching. I would certainly rethink keeping Medlen out of the rotation. Except for Minor, he is the only proven reliable starter at this stage. The young Boras pitching phenoms (JJ, Hanson) had better clean up their act if they want to cement their financial futures.. If the Braves pitch and hit like they have done so far, they could reprise the 1962 Mets (40-122). They’re that bad.. Gonzalez: Stop doing the “look on the bright side of life” and start kicking some butt.

bvillebaron

March 20th, 2012
6:14 pm

Stinger:

Based up his posts, I am not sure if Ralph ever had a good day.

bvillebaron

March 20th, 2012
6:19 pm

Charles:

It’s a pretty close call as to whether you or Ralph win the chicken little award today. Some of your criticisms are so absud that it is ridiculous. Last I checked Hanson has pitched a whopping 4 innings so far this spring. His first outing was rained out after 1 inning and he pitched 3 innings in his last outing and pitched pretty well in my book, particularly consdering (1) it was his first “real” outing’ and (2) he didn’t walk anyone despite changing his mechanics in the offseason.

Last I checked Roy Halladay had an ERA this spring around 10 as well. Are you and Ralph worried about him too?

Matt

March 20th, 2012
6:29 pm

Put JJ in the pen till he gets his act together, and led Medlen prove why he should start in the meantime.

SR

March 20th, 2012
6:31 pm

The guy’s got nothing on the ball, are you kidding me??!! Whether it’s because of his knee or not, he doesn’t have it and the question has to be asked whether he’ll ever get his mojo back. If this stiff could have had surgery in the off season to repair the damage then why the heck didn’t he do so?

Hanson appears to always be one start away from going on the DL, Delgado is talented but young, who knows how Hudson will throw until he gets his groove back and Minor seems to be the only positive. Meanwhile, the impotent line-up remains as impressive as ever, striking fear in the opposing pitcher, errrr NOT!

Yes, I am really excited about this bunch breaking camp and starting the season. YAWN, ZZZZZ.

fordcobra

March 20th, 2012
6:31 pm

Mike@’
I am! Should have traded JJ when they had the chance.

MikeY

March 20th, 2012
6:37 pm

Roy Oswalt is available…

Farnsworthy

March 20th, 2012
6:46 pm

Ho Hum. Another day, another loss.
Oh, that’s right, I shouldn’t be concerned about all these losses because it is “only spring training”. Am I suppose to be glad they keep losing? Am I suppose to not care if they win a ST game?
…………..Well one thing is for sure, these Braves are the Charlotte Bobcats of the 2012 spring training.

NavyBrave

March 20th, 2012
6:54 pm

I have tried to give Fredi the benefit of the doubt, but his decision making is getting ridiculous. Yes, you were dealt a bad hand by a GM that accomplished nothing during the offseason, but that doesn’t mean you have to make it worse by ignoring the better players on the team. Medlen should definitely be a part of the starting rotation and if he proves himself in the first month before Huddy returns, he should stay there. I also feel that Simmons deserves the SS job. That kid has amazing defense, something the Braves have lacked for years.

Joe

March 20th, 2012
7:00 pm

4 ST starts and all bad. How much longer will the Braves continue to consider JJ as their opening day starter? Unless he shows a vast improvement in his next outing I think you have to consider removing him from the rotation.

phil

March 20th, 2012
7:31 pm

JJ is hurt. Period. I’m not fooled.

JNick

March 20th, 2012
7:41 pm

I can’t believe bvillebaron just compared JJ and Hanson to Roy Halliday…

bob

March 20th, 2012
7:43 pm

a few observations:

1. how is it that for the mazzone years there were very few injuries and in the last few years there are more than a fair share of tired arms and injuries.

2. where is the offense? the team is averaging about 2 runs a game. even with a rotation of cy young award winners such an offense will not get the team into the post season.

bottom line: the team needs to build some offense to offset the pitching issues.

bob

March 20th, 2012
7:43 pm

a few observations:

1. how is it that for the mazzone years there were very few injuries and in the last few years there are more than a fair share of tired arms and injuries.

2. where is the offense? the team is averaging about 2 runs a game. even with a rotation of cy young award winners such an offense will not get the team into the post season.

bottom line: the team needs to build some offense to offset the pitching issues.

Moylan Prado

March 20th, 2012
7:45 pm

Right now, I would set up the rotation like this:

Hanson
Minor
Beachy
Jurrjens
Delgado

Minor has been the best pitcher by far, but I think making him the Opening day starter would be alot of pressure, but he deserves to be #2. Hanson has pitched well enough of late to give me confidence he can be a number 1 at least for the first month. Beachy is starting to come around, while Jurrjens isn’t, that’s why JJ slips to #4.

JNick

March 20th, 2012
7:49 pm

Bob, Mazzone had the old-school mentality of having pitchers throw in between starts – back in the day, pitchers threw 220-250 innings regularly without issues. 30, 40, 50 years ago, you’d see guys throw 280-300 innings. Why are today’s pitchers lucky to make it to 200? They’re babied too much, so their arms can’t take the stress….

Col. Klink

March 20th, 2012
7:50 pm

Not to worry…. If the Braves pitching lets them down, a solid lineup of underachieving but highly overpaid bats will make things worse. And having Fredi “I sucked with the Marlins too” Gonzalez as our manager will only serve to magnify this teams ability to choke under pressure.

If JJ continues to fail, don’t we still have Ken Shin Kamikazi as a wild card?

joe

March 20th, 2012
7:53 pm

Braves can’t score and pitchers are getting lit up…. gonna’ be a long summer boys

Mister Frisky

March 20th, 2012
7:57 pm

Don’t think we have to worry about back of bully getting cooked this year.With this staff they won’t get a shot to hold and save many games.I could have taken a shot at these limp hitters but that is getting redundant.Almost forgot,last place.

tennisbrave

March 20th, 2012
8:00 pm

Where is the offense? There is no offense. This is basically the same “chokes of September” from last year. Same manager, same pitching coach, mostly same players, and a new hitting coach that came only after the out cry from the fans after the big choke season of 2011. I would not expect any thing new when the season opens, but I hope I’m wrong. We’ll see.

duronimo

March 20th, 2012
8:19 pm

JJ has to have more velocity to win at the big league level. When that dropped at the end of last year, he started getting killed.

SteveO

March 20th, 2012
8:26 pm

Jurrjens wasn’t his best today but he also wasn’t as bad as his pitching line. The last two runs he gave up(2 run HR) were because of the mound. I’m not trying to make an excuse but if you watched the game the mound was horrible and after he fell he started shortening his stride so he wouldn’t fall again and gave up a hit and then the HR. His real line should be 4 ER and no thats not good but its better then 6 ER.

JNick

March 20th, 2012
8:31 pm

Funny, the bad mound didn’t seem to affect any of the other pitchers in the game. I’m tired of the Braves’ excuses all spring…

Furman Bitcher

March 20th, 2012
8:36 pm

3rd place this year kids

Guest

March 20th, 2012
8:37 pm

Last season it took till September for the Braves to establish their true potential. This spring they have maintained the habit of lose and make excuses instead of making much effort to improve.

Del

March 20th, 2012
8:45 pm

Time for JJ and Medlen to switch jobs. NOW. Of course it will never happen. Our mgmt is sure they have all the answers, including making JJ our #1 starter.

San Diego Steve

March 20th, 2012
8:50 pm

I was not going to jump on the Debbie Downer bandwagon when the Braves started so slow in ST. I am now officially nervous about the season. This team is going to need to score 6-7 runs each game before the pen takes over to save them. The Braves aren’t built like a AL team to produce that much offense consistently.

JNick

March 20th, 2012
9:02 pm

JJ needs to start the season in AAA until he gains complete confidence in his knee.

bobby mizelle

March 20th, 2012
9:06 pm

UNTIL THE REGULAR SEASON STARTS, STOP YOUR WHINING. THE BRAVES MAY PLAY EXCELLENT BALL. THAT IS WHAT I HOPE WILL HAPPEN UNTIL PROVEN WRONG.

barves

March 20th, 2012
9:16 pm

this blog is a desolate wasteland of despair and vitriol.

but that doesn’t mean the Braves are having a pretty bad spring.

barves

March 20th, 2012
9:17 pm

ahem. make that *aren’t*

because this has been an abysmal spring, save for Simmons and Bethancourt (sp)

barves

March 20th, 2012
9:19 pm

and might I add Dan Uggla hasn’t sucked, either.

so hey, look at the bright side! He hasn’t sucked! He’s more Popeye-beefed-up than ever now, too.

Col. Klink

March 20th, 2012
9:23 pm

b-mizelle, I’m perplexed….Your name is in lower caps, yet your blah blah blah is in annoying upper caps….Let me guess, you scored a Vince Young on the Wonderlic test.

GOP Cannon

March 20th, 2012
9:48 pm

As much as I love this team (and always will) I am REALLY having a hard time finding anything to get excited about this spring.

The offense has picked up where it left of in September – terrible. The starting rotation has looked bad with the exception of Minor and Medlen, and Fredi has ALREADY rulled our any possibility of Medlen starting. I think that the bullpen can still be strong; however, the loss of Vizcaino REALLY sucks.

I really hope we see something better in the final weeks of spring training.

John Smoltz

March 20th, 2012
9:56 pm

JJ is a joke.

GOP Cannon

March 20th, 2012
9:59 pm

“this blog is a desolate wasteland of despair and vitriol.

but that doesn’t mean the Braves are having a pretty bad spring.”

braves,

Look bud, this is not a wasteland of dispair, its a group of really devoted fans that are seeing the exact same thing in spring training that we witnessed last September. To watch the Braves blow an 8 1/2 game lead in the last month of the season was the absolute worst thing that I have ever witnessed in the history of sports.

This has been a frustrating spring… everyone wants to see an improvemnt over last season, and so far we are not seeing it.

Whopper Dawg

March 20th, 2012
10:20 pm

The Bravos are in bad, bad shape. We knew they couldn’t hit, but if the starting pitching hits the skids, it will be a long year.

Currently, I think third place is a stretch, maybe fourth.

Steve

March 20th, 2012
10:21 pm

I consider myself an optimist but Fredi “It’s all gonna be alright” Gonzalez makes me want to puke. Did he actually say, “I am not worried about the runs he gave up.”? I am not either. It’s the hits he gave up that led to the runs that concerns me.

JAFO

March 20th, 2012
10:22 pm

Atta boy GOP. Devoted fans AND season ticket holders who were sold a ‘comittment to repair weaknesses.’ js=BS.
As noted by many MLB gm’s- the Braves were the equivalent of watching paint dry in the offseason. NO MORE idiots quoting the record in Aug. The season didn’t end in Aug.

Brandon

March 20th, 2012
10:32 pm

I’ll go on the record of saying this…If jurrjens is healthy, he will still be one of the braves strongest pitchers this season. JJ may not have the strikeout stuff, but i still feel that his ability to “pitch” will make him formidable. He actually topped at 94mph today. Last season, before the injury, he was often in the 94-95 range. He clearly had some issues with the mound today so it looked to me like he was afraid to stride. Either way, I don’t worry about JJ unless he is injured. He’s already proven that he can be a successful pitcher when healthy. Its funny how quick people are to doubt a player (i.e prado, heyward, mccann) as soon as they face some adversity.

bostonbravo

March 20th, 2012
10:43 pm

watched game. if jj was ‘faking’ I’d ask “why”? He was falling all over the mound. Fredi should’ve pulled him after he slipped 1st time. Fredi was just staring off into space. This isn’t good. They aren’t watching the spring games until after the game is over. This crew needs a leader…it sure as hell isn’t Gonzalez.

JNick

March 20th, 2012
10:44 pm

It’s not the mound that was giving him trouble, it was his knee. He doesn’t trust it – he needs to go to AAA until he regains 100% confidence in it.

B-F_52

March 20th, 2012
10:51 pm

Brandon right on dude you are a beacon in a blog full of meatheads selah

JNick

March 20th, 2012
10:52 pm

I watched the game yesterday – Teheran “short-arms” the ball the same way Hanson did (does? I know he “revamped” his delivery, not sure if he still has the same motion though, haven’t seen it yet). Teheran just looks like he’s begging for a rotator cuff injury…

Hosea Williams

March 20th, 2012
10:59 pm

JJ is a very good pitcher but has to have his fastball at 93 or close to it, look at what happened last year and his pitch speeds, his pitches are batting practice pitches if he does get more than 89-91 on it…this is the reason the braves were trying to move him and couldn’t, everyone knows it now. If he cannot find the velocity or 2 new pitches, he’s no better than a good AAA pitcher.

JAFO

March 20th, 2012
11:35 pm

Maybe it was the wind again. The wind is not our friend. IDIOTS.

bruce

March 20th, 2012
11:36 pm

JJ needs to have a great side session before his next start…

STH

March 20th, 2012
11:47 pm

Did some buffoon mention Halladay and jj in the same sentence comparing spring eras? Dude go watch table tennis or synch swimming. This isnt your sport, sport.

Eddie Matthews' Ghost

March 20th, 2012
11:55 pm

And all those here that post that the pitching is going to carry this lousy team to a divisional title are living in never never land. This team is going to fight the Mutts for last place. They cannot hit. Now they cannot pitch. These pitchers are not Koufax, Drysdale, Gibson, Ryan and Marichal. These guys are never was-zzies. Now their 2d best prospect blows out an elbow. Just how great is this team? I don’t think so. 85-92 losses for this mob and a lot of guys gone at the trading deadline.

Tree rollins

March 21st, 2012
12:18 am

He’s fine – Don Drysdale used to struggle in spring training also – he’ll be lights out once the season starts!

Tree rollins

March 21st, 2012
12:22 am

JJ is best pitcher on this team – bar none! Only one close is Huddy. Everybody relax. Freddi’s got this team gellin’ ( not smellin’).

Tree rollins

March 21st, 2012
12:24 am

You beer farts on this blog need to learn a little something about Spring Training!

Odelay

March 21st, 2012
12:31 am

Man, I hate it when my team loses a practice game. The sky is literally falling. Seriously, every single layer of the atmosphere is crashing down on top of us.

Odelay

March 21st, 2012
12:33 am

Man, I hate it when my team loses a practice game. The sky is literally falling. Seriously, every single layer of the atmosphere is crashing down on top of us. Baseball is dead and my soul is dying. Nothing will ever be the same… especially once that sky falls onto our heads.

Tree rollins

March 21st, 2012
12:34 am

Odelay, you’re one of the beer farts I’m talking about! Take a breath dude.

Darryl Blackberry

March 21st, 2012
2:19 am

Tree: I’m glad to see there’s someone in this world who hates sarcasm so much that he utterly refuses to recognize it. Kudos to you, sir/madam.

Waffle House or Bust

March 21st, 2012
2:50 am

Funny how most people on this blog are smarter than Braves front office (not hard to do). Good amount of you guys thought we should move JJ for a bat in LF and looks like you were correct. Now we are stuck with another “could’ve should’ve” player in Atlanta.

Waffle House or Bust

March 21st, 2012
2:52 am

Anyone hear Mac on the radio this afternoon? Dude stutters like the Water Boy and it really is annoying just audio. Had to turn off the radio it was so bad. I did catch him saying he did a lot of running this offseason. Ha! To where… Krispy Kreme?

Larry

March 21st, 2012
5:06 am

Out of 30 ML teams this spring, guess which has the most losses at 13?

Of course, after a 10-20 September, this is meaningless, right pork rind goobers?

poolcue

March 21st, 2012
6:17 am

IF YOU SAW THE GAME YESTERDAY YOU KNOW WHY HE IS KNOW AS FREDI IDIOT. HOW DO YOU TAKE A CHANCE ON YOUR OPENING DAY STARTER GETTING HURT WHEN IT MEANS NOTHING.

Rick in Macon

March 21st, 2012
7:00 am

Get rid of ths clown pitching coach and bring Leo back…at least he can get something out of a pitcher.

space monkey

March 21st, 2012
7:15 am

Unless we see marked improvement in JJ, he shouldn’t be in the rotation, much less start opening day. We don’t need another Derek Lowe experience.

Braves Squawk

March 21st, 2012
7:30 am

By the end of April, Fredi Gonzalez better be packin his bags or this season is gonna go downhill FAST

alanfalcon

March 21st, 2012
7:35 am

Here we go again, Freddie G. covering up another one of his players thats not getting the job done, its going to cost him his job if he can’t turn into a manager that will fairly call a situation what it is and take corrective action, if JJ continues, he should be sent down if possible and one of the other young arms given a chance to get some expierence , can’t be any worse than where JJ is at the present.

Dwayne

March 21st, 2012
8:26 am

hey you goofballs…it’s not that the Braves are losing, it’s how they are losing…they stink, that is all there is too it. yea…we all know it’s spring, but I can spot a bad team when I see them. Fredi is a horrible manager and makes excuses for his players, so what do the players do? Make more excuses.

BLK09GT

March 21st, 2012
8:29 am

Medlen is currently our best pitcher. Period. What is wrong with FW and FG?

BLK09GT

March 21st, 2012
8:32 am

I would like to add that: what do fans care about? W-I-N-S. Not velocity, not era. Look at Medlen’s track record.

SavannahBravesFan

March 21st, 2012
8:32 am

I see why Atlanta is considered one of the worst sports cities. Most of you fans on here will turn on your team in a heartbeat! It is sad. I’m behind the Braves 100% and feel like they will be fine. Everybody reads too much into Spring Training. Do you really think Oakland is going to run away with the AL West? They are 14-4. Do you think Texas is going to be the worst team in the AL? They are 5-12. If the Braves are 5-13 after April, worry then.

larry(notLARRY)

March 21st, 2012
8:44 am

Over/under on FG being gone? 50 games

evan

March 21st, 2012
8:49 am

This spring training does have me worried. These Braves haven’t hit much, pitched much or even fielded much. Looking like a 4th place team only to top the lowly Mets. Then again it is just spring training but I only buy into that so much. These guys are competitors and they go out trying to win every day and they are doing nothing but LOSING.

GOP Cannon

March 21st, 2012
9:10 am

Savannah, I appreciate your enthusiasm in our team, but what indicators are you seeing out of spring training that lead you to believe that we are going to be “fine”. The spring training Braves are playing EXACTLY like the September 2011collapse Braves… we need a major turn around prior to the start of the season.

SavannahBravesFan

March 21st, 2012
9:26 am

GOP- Just good old faith! I’ve seen some pretty bad Spring Trainings from the Braves before, yet they still had a good season. This is probably one of the worst they have had, but still I have faith!

Jon

March 21st, 2012
9:59 am

Do the Braves have any interest in Johnny Damon. If not, they should! He seems to be a great clubhouse guy and appears to be okay with platooning in leftfield for modest $s. It makes perfect sense. Prado/Damon platoon in left and a Chipper/Prado platoon at 3rd as well. Chipper plays in 120 games hopefully as does Damon and Prado plays in 150.

GOP Cannon

March 21st, 2012
10:15 am

Savannah, I hope you are right, I have got my fingers crossed!

John A.

March 21st, 2012
10:29 am

Until this bunch gets their acts together I would send them to AAA to ride the bus as an incentive to better focus. This business of focusing on other things has got to top, and they need to be reminded they are suppose to be professionals. Kid games are over!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John A.

March 21st, 2012
10:35 am

When Jerrjens fell I thought he would be smart enough to move on the pitching rubber, but he proved me and all who were watching that he doesn’t think. When I was pitching in High School I would have moved so as to complete my delivery. IS HIS MIND THAT SMALL????? Where was Fredi and Roger? Isn’t part of their jobs to COACH?

John A.

March 21st, 2012
10:37 am

Is Leo available to come back? Perhaps the ERA’s would come down, and the injuries stifled!!!!

smalltownbravesfan

March 21st, 2012
10:40 am

LARRY, I WILL TAKE THE UNDER AND ALMOST A SURE BET. I SAY MORE LIKE 20-25

smalltownbravesfan

March 21st, 2012
10:45 am

lets see, #1 starter on dl already, #2 shoulder problems and will be on dl shortly, #3 over 10 era with knee problems.. #4 & 5 seems to be ok so maybe we win every 4th or 5th day

nelson

March 21st, 2012
11:00 am

jurjens sucks ,,, trade him

steve

March 21st, 2012
11:32 am

Cannot understand why Medlen is not being given a chance to be a starter, reminds me of a G.Maddox type as far as changing speeds and locating pitches, he is not a thrower but a pitcher and he could just be one of our best pitchers.
J.J. has issues or otherwise his velocity would not be down 4 to 5 MPH, anyone ask if his bullpen sessions MPH are down this much as well?

Col. Klink

March 21st, 2012
11:41 am

Me thinks that spring training is indicative of what the Braves will be like during the regular season…All is not lost though. Jim Fregosi is waiting in the wings to take over Fredi’’s job….Although Fregosi is almost 100 years old and has been a recycled manager for several teams dating back to the 1920’s, and has never really been a whole lot better than Fredi as a manager….Err err never mind.

DePort

March 21st, 2012
12:02 pm

Thats why none of you are Managers … You all have this knee-jerk reaction to a couple of bad starts and all the sudden our pitching stinks .. we should have traded him … lets stick a bullpen pitcher in in their place… blah blah blah… same ole negative crap everyday… what will you guys say when it all works out and we are having a good year? I bet not a soul on here will say your wrong!

Random

March 21st, 2012
2:19 pm

Taking this article at face value (although that’s always somewhat of a risk when dealing with DOB’s journalistic abilities), I would say that Jurrjens needs to visit Schmoltz’s shrink.

Couldn’t hurt.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2012
5:56 pm

Random’s got it all figured out, folks. Just ask him.

John A.

March 21st, 2012
10:14 pm

It’s time for him to start worrying, and stop living in the past thinking about his knee. If that is going to be his main focus put his ass on the bus at AAA.. This business of living in the past is old, and has got to go. If this is going to be JJ’s main focus, he belongs at AAA.

John A.

March 21st, 2012
10:20 pm

With ERA’s displayed by these guys that are suppose to be starters, are any of them what you would consider front line pitchers? Does anybody wonder what Fredi is thinking?

LaVelle J

March 22nd, 2012
1:02 am

This is just a shame, some of you are just are not true Braves fans period and fair weather fans. All of you were praising JJ so much before he was injured and because his numbers are inflated during Spring Training, there are people saying release him, hes injured, put him in the bullpen, Fredi has to go and all of this talk. We are going to be FINE once the season starts. JJ was our best pitcher before he got hurt and so many people have forgotten that and its just not right. Spring Training is just what it is called Training! We go through this every year with every team, Falcons included. When The Braves are doing really well this season, I will remember all of you, who lost faith in this team and manager because of a spring training. But the true Braves Fans, know, that once the season starts, it will be time to Rise.

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