Hudson nearing return; whither Delgado?

PHOENIX – After pitching five good innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, Tim Hudson is expected to make one more rehab start before returning to the Braves rotation April 29th or 30th against Pittsburgh.

It’s been presumed that Randall Delgado would be sent down to Triple-A when Hudson returns, and manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated that was still the plan barring anything unexpected.

Delgado (2-0, 4.35 ERA in two starts) has pitched better than Jair Jurrjens (0-1, 8.10 ERA in three starts), but the Braves are not considering a demotion for Jurrjens, who was an All-Star in 2011 before knee problems slowed and eventually sidelined him in the second half.

“He’s pitched good enough for me,” Gonzalez said of Delgado. “Those are good things for him to keep doing — just go out and keep pitching. If he’s the one who’s got to go down, we’re going to need him again [this season]. There’s not many rotations, if any, anymore that go intact the whole year. So that’s an option, for him to go down.

“It’s not a given, by any means. Does he pitch two more times [before Hudson returns]? You know how that goes. Somebody comes up with a blister, somebody comes up with a hangnail. I don’t want [Delgado] thinking, ‘this is going to be my last start.’ Just go out and pitch.”

Delgado is scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks, then probably one of the first two games of the four-game Pittsburgh series April 27-30.

Hudson’s start Wednesday went better than his two previous rehab starts for Class-A Rome, which didn’t seem to surprise the veteran sinkerballer.

“I think you could throw the rosin bag up there and A-ball guys would swing at it,” joked Hudson, who was charged with one unearned run and two hits in five innings Wednesday, with three walks with four strikeouts. “The guys in Triple-A, they’re more patient. They’re looking for certain pitches in certain counts, certain zones.

“As a pitcher you feel like you can have a little better game plan and have a little better idea how to set some pitches up. You’ve got to hit your way up out of A-ball. Give those kids credit; it’s just a little different. They have a little more of an approach the higher the levels you go.”

Hudson gave up a leadoff triple, then walked the next two batters before inducing a comebacker to the mound for a double-play grounder beginning with a throw to home plate.

“Stuff-wise last night I felt like I was pretty close to where I want to be,” said Hudson, who rejoined the Braves in Phoenix. “I’d like to get my arm strength up a little bit. I was sitting around 89-90 [mph] most of the night. I had some 87, 88’s in there — I don’t like seeing those too much on the radar gun. But I think after pitching more and getting some more work, working out and long-tossing, that stuff will get better.”

Hudson threw 76 pitches in the game, then 14 more in the bullpen to get to his planned 90. He’ll throw 100-110 pitches in his next rehab start.

Gonzalez: Jurrjens will be OK

Gonzalez said he believes Jurrjens will turn things around and said he’s not worried about the right-hander, who has been mostly ineffective since last year’s All-Star break, including most of spring training.

In 16 starts before the All-Star break last year, Jurrjens went 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA, .229 opponents’ average and 65 strikeouts with 25 walks in 110-2/3 innings.

In 10 regular-season starts since then, he’s 1-4 with a 6.42 ERA, .317 opponents’ average and 33 strikeouts with 28 walks in 54-2/3 innings. In Wednesday’s soggy game, he gave up four runs, seven hits and four walks in four innings.

“I looked at some video of him on the plane and it was just some balls left over the plate,” Gonzalez said. “Whether it was the weather, tough conditions – [Mets starter R.A.] Dickey didn’t last long, either. It was a tough day to pitch. I’m just going to chalk it up to that right now.”

Asked if Jurrjens’ balky right knee was still an issue, Gonzalez said, “He was out here hitting and running around earlier. He was fine. Every pitcher goes through a little funk.”

Team effort

All 11 Braves who batted in Wednesday’s 14-6 win against the Mets had at least one hit. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Braves hadn’t had that many players get hits in a game since May 8, 2005, when 11 had at least one hit in a 9-0 win against Houston….

The Braves had multiple runs in six innings Wednesday, the first time they’d done that in three decades. They last did it in a 15-3 win against the Phillies on June 10, 1972, when they also had six multi-run innings….

Over their past 10 games before Thursday, the Braves had a majors-leading 55 runs and a National League-leading 11 homers and 52 RBIs. For the season, the Braves ranked second in the NL with 65 runs, five fewer than St. Louis before Thursday.

81 comments Add your comment

Jwood

April 19th, 2012
10:13 pm

If JJ doesn’t turn it around, they better not wait too long to bring up Delgado. W’s matter, not confidence. Spring training is where you work it out, not the regular season.

USMC DAWG

April 19th, 2012
10:17 pm

$100 says JJ will be on the DL (leg injury, what’s new?) within the next two weeks.

B-F_52

April 19th, 2012
10:19 pm

I believe JJ is gonna start picthing like he is capable of,He is a good team guy ,he cares about his performance .He’ll turn it around

go-BRAVOS

April 19th, 2012
10:36 pm

JJ the new DLowe. Just keep running him out there Fredi, I’m sure he will turn it around eventually. Look at the offense last year they eventually turned it around. DLowe eventually turned it around. Just keep tipping the cap and all will be well.
Delgado deserves to stay in the rotation. I do not understand MLB sometimes. What other sport would allow mediocre players to continue to struggle without pulling the plug?

John

April 19th, 2012
11:05 pm

And do you know what Lowe is doing today? I doubt it. It is easy to make comments without knowledge.

John

April 19th, 2012
11:09 pm

It is so easy to cry and complain about Fredi. Where was any of the critics when he made a “managerial decision” to sit Freeman after struggling. And what has Freeman done since that 1 game? No, that was not a “managerial decision” at all was it? If you are going to criticize at least be man/woman enough to give credit as well.

Who Me?

April 19th, 2012
11:14 pm

Someone please take the time to teach Dan Uggla how to catch an infield fly without shielding his face….

J-MAN

April 20th, 2012
12:09 am

I love watching Juan Fransisco play he reminds me of Pablo Sandoval AKA KUNG FU PANDA. Also Freddie is back and he is looking to drive the ball opposite way. I think with Medlen, Livan Hernandez, Teheran, and Delgado….Jair Jurrjens is very expendable. Either you can pitch or we got people that can pitch for you

Bob

April 20th, 2012
12:15 am

Freeman lighting up the Arizona skies tonight and the rest of the Bravos having a pretty good one too. Minor has been rolling since that Ugla error. This might be as good as he has pitched.

hiway 61

April 20th, 2012
12:16 am

Ever players has at least 2 hits but “Rev”.
Minor has been great..now in 8th.
Love watching Francisico hit. Freeman is as hot as my friends girl.
Great game for everyone…

hiway 61

April 20th, 2012
12:24 am

great play at 1st FF..Gold Glove…

hiway 61

April 20th, 2012
12:30 am

J-MAN

April 20th, 2012
12:42 am

Chip Carey needs to keep wearing the Bow tie. It seems to bring luck

Bob "Great Seats" Uneker

April 20th, 2012
1:15 am

JJ is ready to be traded to the Cleveland Indians, Oakland Double A’s or Seattle. He is finished. If he really ever was. The guy looks absolutely lost on the mound. His pitches are straight with no movement. He looks like his is favoring the knee which means it is not healed.

Fresno Bravo

April 20th, 2012
1:38 am

Hey Dave- I love your stuff and your taste in music, but I cannot resist. I know it’s late out here on the West Coast, but if the last time the Braves had multiple runs in 6 innings was in 1972, then that by the book would be 4 decades. And incidentally, counting each decade as it’s own entity, then that would actually be 5. I mean, embellish where you can, right?

And yes, I am a doof….

JWOOD

April 20th, 2012
1:51 am

I know teams like to be deep in pitching, but what exactly do the Braves plan to do with Teheran and Delgado in the minors? Maybe Teheran need a bit more work, but what good does it do the Braves to have Delgado pitching in Triple-A? Either you bring them up to keep them up, or you let them keep coming up for spot starts only, but I always thought the minors were for competition. If a kid is doing really well, then he gets a promotion (especially if guy is struggling like JJ).

john norris

April 20th, 2012
3:03 am

i say trade jurjens for a righthabnded hitting outfeilder they have been looking for that sence last year
that has power

WBuckATC

April 20th, 2012
5:29 am

JJ has very little trade value right now. They tried to deal him in the off season, but no takers due to his health. Right now, he is proving them right. If her can turn it around, they may be able to trade him away, but I do not see us getting a top notch MLB player or even a top level minor leaguer. He will be a free agent at the end of year and we all know who his agent is. He will not be wiht the Braves next season.
Minor was the best pitcher in the spring and wiht the exception of his first start has looked good.Delgado maight be ready for the next step and there is also Hanson and Beachy. We also have Teharen (sp?)if needed. Huddy is the vet the team needs. You mention the top minor league arms, but no one mentions Redmond. He is putting up good numbers and might get a spot start sometime this season.

Charlie

April 20th, 2012
7:56 am

Keeping JJ / Delgado to AAA…Fredi is an IDIOT. (This is not a surprise, for those who know.) JJ is toast. Keep trotting him mout there for 3-4 innings. JJ will give up a HR or 2, and 5-6 runs, putting the team in a hole. JJ has NO upside…no velocity, movement, or command. He’ll be allowed to stay, so it would appear he has some trade value. Nobody wanted him this winter either. Fredi and JJ will just cost Braves wins. What a joke (on both counts).

bigchiefrg

April 20th, 2012
8:05 am

Wow, tough croud… JJ is way too good not get it worked out. Everyone struggles, slumps, etc. He will be fine. Too good not to. Good to see nobody’s overreacting.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
8:09 am

It’s all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$ folks, braves are not about to eat those 5 1/2 million owed to JJ, it’s not about winning every game possible as we would like it to be because as we know one game lost can keep you out of the playoffs. Oweners don’t give a crap about winning a pennant unless it makes the bottom line better, Fruti and Wren have no choice in the matter, they have to toe the company line.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
8:15 am

It doesn’t matter who JJ’s agent is, if he can’t pitch and his heal th is a big issue he will be getting a minor league contract at best when he becomes a FA.

bustersonly

April 20th, 2012
8:18 am

True Ralph, it doesn’t matter who your agent is unless you are in high demand, if you are it can make a difference.

Lobosolo

April 20th, 2012
8:21 am

Ralph, you have cemented your status as one of the biggest and least-informed whine-babies on the blog… among the biggest armchair, fair-weatherest, lousy fans, too…. J-MAN, quit while you’re not totally hopeless… Charlie, ditto – just another IDIOT…

You numbnuts keep lookin’ more foolish everyday… that loud noise of jacklegs jumping on the bandwagon will be oft repeated whenever a player or the team slumps and the crybabies jump back off… C’mon, jerky boys… you know only the real fans deserve to be on here..

PCOLA Braves Fan

April 20th, 2012
8:30 am

I’m hearing all this trade JJ talk and I’m sitting here wondering who would have thought that the long relievers in the pen are there to help our veterans more than the kids coming up. I’m not for trading anyone right now. My philosophy has always been if it’s not broken, don’t fix it and the Braves are definitely not broke!!! I do think it’s a shame that we have so many kids in the minors that have been tearing it up with little hope of coming up any time soon because of great performances with almost everyone on the big club. It sure is nice to have this problem though. GO BRAVES!!!!

old scout

April 20th, 2012
8:56 am

If Fredi really thinks Jair is “just in a little funk” and will turn it around he is delusional. I think he knows and their scouts know that the guy has nothing left, but they will continue to say positive things in hopes they can unload him for something. You can’t get major league hitters out with no fastball and poor control.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
8:57 am

Lobosolo

April 20th, 2012
8:21am

Thank you, i’m a big fan of you also.

bvillebaron

April 20th, 2012
9:13 am

bigchiefrg:

You must be a relatively new visitor on here. Tough crowd is an understatement. Some of the same “experts” who are ripping JJ after 3 whole starts this year are the same clowns who posted on here last year that Heyward was washed up at age 21 and the Braves should either (a) send him to the minors and play career minor league “savior” Jose Constanza; or (b) even more stupidly, cut him. Of course, now that Heyward at age 22 is healthy and looking like he did when he was the No. 1 prospect in baseball in 2010, all of their broken ankles have miraculously healed and they are singing the J-Hey kid’s praises again–that is of course until he goes into his next batting slump.

BravesRealFan

April 20th, 2012
9:32 am

why is Jurrjens even in this article after 2 starts, when he’s produced a history of success in previous seasons?

Patrick

April 20th, 2012
9:41 am

I dont understand the hate for Freddi…. Its funny how quick we are to forget that JJ was 12-3 in the first half last year. Do I think he needs to be starting for us anymore no I dont but dont blame this on Freddi. I think allowing Delgado to be a full time starter is the way to go but I would say give him a few more games before we toss him to the side. I mean for cryingout loud Tim Lincecum has a 10 plus ERA right now but nobody is calling for him to be tossed to the side. Just give him a few more starts is all I am saying.

alanfalcon

April 20th, 2012
9:43 am

The way that JJ’s season has started the Braves would be doing him a favor to send him to AAA to get things worked out, all you have to do is look at his mannerisms and you can see that he has no confidence and with his mind set it will just continue to go down hill.

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Nick N' Richmond

April 20th, 2012
9:56 am

Why would Wren trade JJ now? His trade value is lowest it’s been since he’s been in ATL. His numbers are down, not to mention velocity. And there are huge questions about his right knee….

It would be best to see two more starts from JJ and if he continues to struggle with command, velocity, then put him on 15 day DL when Tim comes back. That way he can go down to Gwinnett and pitch against some Minor leaguers and get his confidence back.

Wayn-o

April 20th, 2012
9:57 am

I’d give JJ two more starts, thats when Hudson will return, by then if he doesn’t have it together, I’d put him on the injured list (either physical or mental) and keep Delgado in there.

They need JJ to have a good first half simply for trade value.

"On my way to first!"

April 20th, 2012
10:00 am

Derek

April 20th, 2012
10:48 am

It’s funny how many Braves fan are clueless about Jurrjens. The man’s first-half 2011 was a flash in the pan. He’ll NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. Never. Wren should have traded him in the offseason if they even got a decent offer, not a Latos-size offer, which is what they looked for (Latos looks terrible in CIN right now, after CIN gave up 3 plus-prospects to obtain him). Now, JJ’s trade value has plummeted and it’d take a miracle for JJ to boost it to a reasonable level without going on the DL by July’s trade deadline. Every quality start Delgado or Teheran makes is another reason not to sign JJ to an extension. We don’t need him. He doesn’t deserve the money (he’ll be asking (to be on the DL)).

Dan Schlossberg

April 20th, 2012
11:05 am

Delgado does not deserve to be cut but Jurrjens definitely does. Send him to Gwinnett until he straightens himself out.

PCOLA Braves Fan

April 20th, 2012
11:15 am

Wow, really a tough crowd..Is this the same crowd that was calling for Hayward to be traded when he was struggling? I believe this is the same crowd that was calling for Chipper to retire and Francisco to go. How has that worked out? Yes JJ is struggling and almost all pitchers have struggled at times. Lets give JJ a chance, especially with the way the offense is producing. He might even surprise the nay sayers. We do still have Medlin and Martinez to back him up and they need some work with the way Minor and Beachy are pitching and Hudson will probably be also. GO BRAVES!!!

Dwayne

April 20th, 2012
11:18 am

I may be wrong, but I think you wait to see how they each pitch(jj n Delgado) in there next 2 starts and then do what is best for the TEAM. My gut tells me regardless of how they pitch, they will send down Delgado.

CHUCK NORRIS

April 20th, 2012
11:46 am

What kills me is this organizations ability in-season to stick it out with underperforming players while the ones that have worked their tails off, get the boot!

don

April 20th, 2012
11:54 am

Whither Delgado? It should be Whither Jurrjens. Whither Jurrjens in a trade for a decent outfield prospect.

don

April 20th, 2012
11:55 am

Of course, it may be time to whither Hudson.

hiway 61

April 20th, 2012
11:55 am

Lobosolo, you the one spreading the hate..just shut the blank up about fans and talk baseball.

On JJ lets just let Wren make that decision. Thats what he get paid to do. Delgado has proved he can pitch in ML so Braves will keep him with team are 5 miles away in case he’s needed. Braves hitting on all 8 right now and thats great. Go Braves.

JWOOD

April 20th, 2012
12:01 pm

I am not in favor necessarily of trading JJ, but those who are defending him (which I think he deserves a but if time), let me ask you this. How many starts does he get before a decision is made? Do you give him 3 more terrible outings? 4? 5? 12? The Braves aren’t always going to be playing easier pitching staffs. They have to play Philly and San Francisco and the Marlins eventually. JJ doesn’t match up right now, so how many chances do you give a pitcher before you bench him (or put him on the DL)?

bvillebaron

April 20th, 2012
12:04 pm

Derek:

How many times do I and others have to point out to you that Wren didn’t trade JJ over the winter because he had little trade value given his injury after the All Star break last year? Your comment that Jurrjens’s first half was a “flash in the pan” and he will never do that again is probably accurate because there are very few pitchers who ever posted or will ever post those numbers for a half season. If you feel or meant to imply, like some others, that Jurrjens is overrated or not that good, consider the following:

(1) 2008: 13-10; 3.68 ERA; 31 starts; 188.1 IP;
(2) 2009: 14-10; 2.60 ERA; 34 starts; 215.1 IP;
(3) 2010: 7-6; 4.64 ERA; 20 starts; 118.1 IP;
(4) 2011: 13-6; 2.96 ERA; 23 starts; 152.) IP.

I think it’s legtimate to be concerned that JJ may never be the same pitcher before his injuries the last two years. However, the stats indicate he was a pretty damn good pitcher before his injuries. Given his track record, it is the heighth of absurdity to claim that he is washed up after only a few measly starts this season, particularly given that he is coming off an injury and still adjusting to his knee brace. I only saw 1 of his starts this year and while his overall numbers weren’t good, I thought his velocity was good and, while he was terribly inconsistent, he didn’t appear to be that “far off” to me. How about if we show a little patience and give someone who has pitched so well for this organization a little more time to see if he can get back to what he was. If not, these things have a way of working themselves out.

Hammond

April 20th, 2012
12:10 pm

you keep the best with the team at this point JJ is not and should be sent down as a wake up call how can you send a pitcher who is 2 – 0 down and keep someone with an 8+ ERA Freddie please coach like a winner and not a buddy

nashvillewill

April 20th, 2012
12:18 pm

Keep your best pitchers pitching and demote, DL, or release the guys that are not getting it done. I would rather see Delgado go to long relief and replace Durbin or Livan than send him back to AAA. If JJ is not right (to all appearances he is not), DL him and send him for rehab assignments. Seems to be working for Huddy. I thought the mishandling of Minor last year – yoyoing back and forth from G-Braves to A-Braves- hurt his approach and hurt the Braves. So let’s not repeat with Delgado, who looks like a keeper.

David O'Brien

April 20th, 2012
12:25 pm

If JJ is not right (to all appearances he is not), DL him and send him for rehab assignments — nashvillewill

You can’t DL a player who insists he’s healthy and who has not missed starts or workouts for health reasons. Can’t do it. You don’t DL a player and send him on injury-rehab assignment when he says he’s healthy. The union would have a field day with that. And the team would be penalized by baseball for trying to skirt rules if they DL’d a player who says he’s healthy.

Now, if the player says he’s hurt, that’s an entirely different situation. But that’s not the case here. At least it hasn’t been so far.

iopbrave

April 20th, 2012
12:48 pm

it’s a contract year for JJ so he has got to be motivated to succeed- I’d be very surprised if he does not

Mikey

April 20th, 2012
12:52 pm

Young pitchers over the history of baseball have bounced from AAA to majors mainly to get their regular work in and fill in when needed. Any player with 5 years of experience can refuse an assignment which limits the managers options. Look for JJ to go on 15 day DL when Hudson comes back and Delgado to maintain his well earned spot in the rotation.

Dave

April 20th, 2012
1:07 pm

from some of the comments on here asking about D. Lowe, hes 2-0 so far with a low 2`s era.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

April 20th, 2012
1:36 pm

Can’t DL, but can AAA? If he’s still having trouble when Timmer comes back, let him take a short drive nawth!

Oh yeah, fire Fredi Cox & Roger McCox!

Mikey

April 20th, 2012
1:41 pm

Dave, Lowe is 2-1… w/3.50 era Last game he stunk against Seattle 8 hits, 6 walks in 4.1 innings pitched- 4 ER….The league has adjusted and considering he is Cleaveland’s #1 pitcher you can assume he will again lose 17 games.

Heisenberg

April 20th, 2012
1:54 pm

Perhaps there is a better solution to the JJ/Delgado quandry than sending someone to AAA. When Hudson comes back, release Durbin and move Delgado to the bullpen. He can be ready for long relief in case JJ cannot get things turned around.

ChopHasFlopped

April 20th, 2012
1:55 pm

I don’t know about being on the DL, but JJ should at least be in the bullpen until he gets his funk worked out. Delgado has been good enough that you can’t bump him from the rotation. The supposed strenghth of this team going in is not that strong. That God someone has hit.

JoeFan

April 20th, 2012
2:05 pm

You might not be able to place JJ on the DL but you can make a spot for him in the bullpen. Can’t believe the Braves would keep sending an ineffective pitcher out there. You would think they learned a hard lesson with Lowe last year. All games count the same, so lets not waste any trying to let JJ figure things out. If he doesn’t like the bullpen, then give him the option of accepting an assignment to AAA.

bvillebaron

April 20th, 2012
2:08 pm

nashvillewill:

Why would you want to potentially stunt Delgado’s growth as a starting pitcher by pitching him sporadically as a long reliever for the Braves rather than having him pitch every 5th day in AAA?

Gordo

April 20th, 2012
2:13 pm

I say demote JJ to long reliever, keep Delgado in rotation, and release Durbin.

Dorothy Davis

April 20th, 2012
2:19 pm

If Wren replaces either Delgado or Francisco, then we need to get rid of Wren!!!! Just because he is stuck with a $$ contract with a pitcher (Hanson) or a 3rd baseman (an injuredChipper) does that mean that as fans we have to sit by and swallow the loss’s? I’m just asking?

Ebenezer Snerdberg

April 20th, 2012
2:54 pm

Hey guys, I like it, but how much gelt we got tied up in Chad Dinger?

Bravo Uno

April 20th, 2012
2:58 pm

Money generally dictates who plays on the Braves.

Jurrjens will continue to stink it up until he eventually ends up on the DL.

The Orioles had issues about his health which is why they were reluctant to part with Adam Jones in a Jurrjens deal.

Delgado & Medlin are deserving of spots in the rotation. It’ll be better for both in 2013 when Hudson & JJ are both gone.

ghostwriter

April 20th, 2012
3:26 pm

I’m laughing at all these Jair haters. I can’t wait to read the posts from these same people when he turns it around and goes back to his old self. I guarantee that these are the same people who were all about getting rid of Heyward last year, too.

What I’m saying is: CHILL. Give it some more time before you run your mouth about our good players. Someone said we can get rid of Jurrjens because we have Livan Hernandez as insurance? Give me a break.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
3:51 pm

JWOOD

April 20th, 2012
12:01 pm

This team thinks if they have to pay someone they are going to play him until they figure a way to get rid of his payroll. Does that answer your question? Winning is not the important thing.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
3:57 pm

DOB – You forgot to add, if a player still has options you can send him back to the minors, otherwise the only other options are to place him on waivers or bench him, is that not correct.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
4:08 pm

JJ is not a FA t the end of this season, he has one more year of arbatration. https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tujElf32-2d237jk3IzWLsg&output=html

Henthabox

April 20th, 2012
4:10 pm

Most of you guys type a lot of words. You don’t SAY much, but you type a lot of words.
Medlin is crying for a chance to start. Flip his bullpen position with JJ’s starting position,
and lets see what Medlin has. If JJ is too proud for middle relief he can go down or go away.
I think JJ will be great again. But I’ve certainly been wrong before. This year’s team is fun
to watch, and if they could play a little defense they would be scary to play against.

David O'Brien

April 20th, 2012
4:19 pm

DOB – You forgot to add, if a player still has options you can send him back to the minors, otherwise the only other options are to place him on waivers or bench him, is that not correct. — Ralph

That is correct.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
4:38 pm

DOB, my next question is, Does JJ have options left?

steve

April 20th, 2012
4:45 pm

J.J. appears to be pitching with just his upper body and not using his legs to drive off of in order to get more velocity and get his pitches down which in my opinion is why his pitches are flat and staying up in the zone, all about mechanics when a young player that threw consistently 93 mph is only throwing 89mph.

Scott Cote

April 20th, 2012
4:57 pm

Your home run number was incorrect, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp alone have more home runs the whole Braves team.

garynpohio

April 20th, 2012
4:58 pm

i know it is early but i really like seeing philly last in standings.

and on GW Braves site J. Terdo is listed as 1B i thought he was grooming for 3rd? what happened?

garynpohio

April 20th, 2012
5:04 pm

I think JJ will be great but looking ahead, another young star OF would be great to add if there was a trade at deadline. we still have plenty of great arms coming up.

but that discussion is for later in the season. just happy to see the team doing so well and cannot see where there is any room for complaints

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
5:09 pm

Varvaro pitched his 1st inning last nite at Gwinnette and was perfect with 1 strike out, pitched good for braves last year and would be much better than Duribin.

The Dude

April 20th, 2012
5:46 pm

JJ is toast…He’ll be traded for a fringe prospect before the break. Medlen is to valuable in the pen to make him a starter. without him there, the braves lack a shutdown righthander before Kimbrel.

Steve

April 20th, 2012
6:11 pm

We don’t have to worry about Delgado. JJ always comes up with a phantom injury when he is getting tagged. If you don’t believe me just go back and look over his career. And don’t try to tell me the injury is why he is getting tagged. It’s an excuse and he just needs time off to get his head right.

Vegas would probably give 3 to 1 odds or better that the Braves DL JJ when Hudson is ready.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
7:02 pm

Does anyone know if JJ has any options left?

Whiskey River

April 20th, 2012
7:11 pm

No he does not.

lifelong braves fan

April 20th, 2012
9:44 pm

instead of trading JJ, can we unload all this chicken little fans?

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
9:45 pm

If JJ is out of options then they cannot send him to Gwinnett unless he is on the DL and on rehab assignment.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
9:57 pm

Flande tonight 6ip 0 runs allowed. era 0.00, Parraz batting 368.

biscuit

April 23rd, 2012
7:51 pm

delgado has shown that he is nothin but ready to take the ball in the big’s. i think he should stay in the rotation. he minor/teheran have nothin left to prove in the minors. let’s trade jj and a prospect for a cf for next year when bourn is sure to walk because of his douvche agent scot boras! this year’s scot proctor(chad durbin) needs to be released and in poetic justice be replaced in the pen by the player he had demoted for(johan flande)

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