The results have been poor, his pitches ineffective, but Jair Jurrjens’ attitude is something the Braves struggling ace has going for him.
Jurrjens reported to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, two days after being told of his minor league demotion, and it sounded like his mind was in the right place.
Disappointed? Yes. Angry? No.
“If you’re honest with yourself, I have nobody to blame but myself,” said Jurrjens, who was 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts this season. “I cannot be mad at anybody other than me.”
Jurrjens called it a “reality check,” and said it hasn’t been easy.
Monday was a long night for him, after he was called into manager Fredi Gonzalez’s office in the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, following three rough innings in a 7-2 loss.
“It was hard,” said Jurrjens, 26, a first-time All-Star in 2011. “Especially when you have a couple years in the big leagues, and it looks so easy and suddenly you go through a rough patch and it’s