Jurrjens doing well in Triple-A, return not imminent

CHICAGO – Jair Jurrjens has pitched well in his first two starts for the Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate, but that doesn’t mean the veteran right-hander will soon be back in the majors.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he’s heard good reports on Jurrjens, but that his return was not imminent and had, in fact, not yet been discussed.

The 2011 All-Star was optioned to the minors after going 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in his first four starts this season. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts at Gwinnett after pitching eight innings Sunday and allowing two runs, five hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

“It wasn’t like he was going out on a rehab assignment,” Gonzalez said, meaning that Jurrjens was sent to the minors to work on a lot of things, from conditioning to pitching mechanics. “Without making this sound cruel, he’s a minor league player right now. He’s doing his part, and hopefully that continues.”

The Braves didn’t expect any magic jump in velocity for Jurrjens after a couple of weeks at Triple-A. That wasn’t the purpose of sending down the 26-year-old. They wanted him to work on a wide scope of things and return  when ready to again be a key member of the starting rotation.

“Nobody wants to have $5-1/2 million sitting down in Triple-A,” Gonzalez said, referring to the amount of Jurrjens salary.

But that salary and a couple of good games against Triple-A hitters wouldn’t sway the Braves to bring him back up.

“When he’s ready and we think he’s ready,” Gonzalez said. ““He pitched good [Sunday]. 95 pitches, eight innings, mixed his pitches well. He did a nice job…. Just looking at the numbers and the reports that [Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage] has given to me, and the way he’s acting down there and the way he’s working has been great.

“He told me he was going to go work, and he’s working. I haven’t had any complaints.”

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Brave Decisions

May 7th, 2012
9:05 pm

Box scores don’t tell the whole picture, but it’s off to a good start. http://wp.me/p2lqJ1-6s

Rilo

May 7th, 2012
9:05 pm

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

May 7th, 2012
9:06 pm

Ralph

May 7th, 2012
9:11 pm

Thanks for that update DOB, glad to see you are right on top of this very important story.

BravesfaninWis

May 7th, 2012
9:23 pm

I’ve said it a million times and I will say it again, Tommy Hanson is a f’n joke. He has the most retarded pitching delivery, and is way overrated. I can’t stand the idiot, and can’t wait for the day he is no longer a Brave.

BravesfaninWis

May 7th, 2012
9:26 pm

It’s amazing the Braves are doing as well as they are with guys like Hanson and Jurrjens in their rotation.

Dp13

May 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

Jesus, Mary and Joseph!!!! Tommy Hanson can’t pitch his way out of a wet paper bag! I know this article is not about him but come on Fredi. Get the rose colored glasses off and get rid of him before all you can get for him is a part time field crew worker.

Mark (another one)

May 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

I would expect Brundage’s report to be more than a box score. JJ’s value to the Braves is little until he is on track. A couple of successful starts is positive but they obviously are looking for a longer test.

BravesfaninWis

May 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

Ironic huh? On the mound he gives up back to back homeruns, at the plate, he has back to back strikeouts. Yep, pretty useless he is.

You are the idiot

May 7th, 2012
9:31 pm

@BravesfaninWis….

No. You are the idiot for calling a major league player one. You must have become very frustrated at your McDonald’s service window today.

Jimbo Jones

May 7th, 2012
9:54 pm

Hanson had a 3.43 ERA before tonight’s game. Yep. The dude is worthless.

BravesfaninWis

May 7th, 2012
10:10 pm

Hanson is useless, and you would know that I was at McDonald’s today because you handed me my change and food. Go ahead and ask me, you know you want to. No, I don’t want fries with that, that must suck to not have a real job huh?

WVscoresAgain

May 7th, 2012
10:15 pm

Yes the Braves should give up on Hanson and Jurrjens, just like they should have given up on Freeman at the beginning of the year or like they should have given up on Heyward… Seriously Hanson gave up 2 runs tonight!!! How do you expect us to win when he does that?!?

BravesfaninWis

May 7th, 2012
10:18 pm

Nice to see that O’flaherty is further proving that last season was a fluke. So he is not content with giving up just 1 run, he walks the bases loaded and trying to give up more.

BravesfaninWis

May 7th, 2012
10:21 pm

It’s how he is doing it. He gave up back to back homeruns to a team that is either dead last, or close to dead last in team homeruns. Hanson is spotty all the time. If you like him, fine by me. We all have our opinions, so sorry that mine doesn’t match yours.

Harpie

May 7th, 2012
10:31 pm

I agree – Hanson stinks; and, so does O’Flaherty.

BravesfaninWis

May 7th, 2012
10:33 pm

A golden opportunity against one of the games worst relief pitchers, and they choke. How can this team be so different in the matter of 24 hours? The Cubs suck, yet the Braves look overmatched big time.

sick of it all

May 7th, 2012
10:37 pm

BravesfaninWis

May 7th, 2012
10:38 pm

Jeez, ain’t that a f’n surprise, Chad Durbin gave up a homerun.

WVscoresAgain

May 7th, 2012
10:42 pm

I think we can all agree that Durbin has no business on a major league roster

J-Man

May 7th, 2012
10:53 pm

Fredi sabatoged this game by moving Chipper out of the #2 spot in the lineup

Pat Jarvis could pitch

May 7th, 2012
10:56 pm

A few years back, Medlen and Hanson were both at Gwinett. Medlen’s stats were undeniably better and therefore, he was called up to the big club before Hanson. He continues to be better than Hanson, and the coaching staff continues to misuse him. Long relief, close, middle relief, setup. Back to back on occasion, and this coming off of Tommy John surgery. My hope is he doesn’t blow his arm out again, and maybe at some point, he gets a chance to start. He’d be a stud.

J-Man

May 7th, 2012
10:57 pm

I think that Medlen should have a chance to start if Delgado has another bad outing tomorrow night

bgvt

May 7th, 2012
11:15 pm

J-Man – You mean like Delgado’s last outing — when he pitched 8 innings and gave up 2 runs? Putting him on such a short leash isn’t a very productive way to develop pitchers.

unbelievable

May 7th, 2012
11:24 pm

I’ve said it a million times and I will say it again, Tommy Hanson is a f’n joke. He has the most retarded pitching delivery, and is way overrated. I can’t stand the idiot, and can’t wait for the day he is no longer a Brave.-BravefaninWis

Bedtime was 3 hours ago. Kids shouldnt be allowed to post here. Good night.

Bob the Blogger

May 7th, 2012
11:41 pm

Including the loss to the Cubs, the Braves are 18-12, which is a .600 winning percentage. How can they do that when all of the players suck?

Who Me?

May 7th, 2012
11:46 pm

Since when is giving up 2 runs not allowed by a starting pitcher?? Hanson got no run support – don’t believe me? We were 0 for 8 with RISP tonight, 0 for 8!!! NO pitcher will win if you don’t score runs. you guys are boneheads..

ACE

May 8th, 2012
12:17 am

Just have to tip your cap to the cubs. They got the big hits tonight.

Not a pitching coach

May 8th, 2012
12:21 am

Whoever makes the comment section bounce up between the bottom and the top should be beheaded, by having his head pinched off by yours truly.

Is this some effect of that damnable Meebo bar? I don’t think that is entirely the problem, but whatever it is, it is very irritating.

I saw JJ pitch on last Sunday afternoon and he looked the JJ of old, except that his velocity was off by about 5 mph. On one pitch, I think he hit 91, but the rest of his fast balls were in the 86-88 range. His change-up and curve ball were effective.

Submitting this befor it disappears again.

ACE

May 8th, 2012
12:27 am

For all the morons who want to give up on Tommy Hanson his record after three seasons was 32-20 and after three seasons Greg Maddux was 26-26 Guess they should have given up on Maddux too.

Manwees

May 8th, 2012
7:14 am

”No one wants 5 1/2 million dollars sitting down in Triple A”. Classless thing to say..

the cap tipper

May 8th, 2012
8:04 am

I tip my cap to all of you. Your comments are entertaining.

alanfalcon

May 8th, 2012
8:17 am

3 HR equals a flat fastball down the middle, enough said.

CRMAC300

May 8th, 2012
8:34 am

Can’t win them all, guys! Hate losing to a bad team, but it happens. Hinske hit into a line drive double play, Freeman lined out to short with two on, couple of feet either way and the Braves have five runs! Breaks of the game. Don’t like seeing Durbin on the mound in any close game, though. O’Flaherty must be hurt. He can’t throw quality strikes. Criticism of Hanson is unjustified. He will win 15 games this year with some run support. Medlen should be starting ahead of Delgado. We will see how Delgado does today. Can’t lose a series to the Cubs!

Yadier's Neck Tat

May 8th, 2012
8:53 am

I’d put Medlen in for Minor right now. He’s given up 15 earned runs his last 2 starts.

Bob the Blogger

May 8th, 2012
8:54 am

I agree, Durbin doesn’t need to be in anything but a mop up role. A 12 year veteran with a lifetime ERA of 5+ doesn’t fit what the Braves are trying to accomplish.

If anybody knows of a product that will block that damn Meebo pop-up, please share it with us.

GwinnettDad

May 8th, 2012
9:06 am

The outpatients are out in force tonight, and quite a few need their diapers changed. Hanson is 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA. Any ERA under 4 for any MLB starter is quite acceptable. Tricycle riders like @BravesfaninWis should stay as far away from Atlanta as possible, and maybe, if we’re fortunate, he’ll start rooting for some other team.

Robert ( chi-town)

May 8th, 2012
9:15 am

I don’t think the outpatients are coming out in force at all. Anyone can see that Durbin just throws bp up there when he comes into a game! If JJ is ready bring him in and send Durbin packing! Philly and Wash both cut the guy! What does that say? Are the Braves are that desperate for a middle reliver?

Stephen

May 8th, 2012
9:16 am

Fake tough guys that talk trash online online and do not even give their real names are a joke. Hanson is a nice pitcher Durbin has already appeared in too many games, not sure what Freddie is doing there…although he puizzles me quite often. And yeah, this Meebo thing sux.

Gumbylovepokey

May 8th, 2012
10:02 am

I thought he was working, aka, pitching down in AAA, didn’t know he was “sitting”. Also nice to be equated as a human with a stack of money. Realize that’s not how he meant it, but think before you speak, or don’t speak, or get some leadership lessons, or pick up a book or two at the used book store.

Mike

May 8th, 2012
10:05 am

I also saw JJ pitch at Gwinnett on Sunday and wasn’t impressed at all. HIs final numbers looked good but they didn’t really tell the story IMO. He wasn’t missing bats at all and there were a lot of line drives hit right at guys.

NC fan

May 8th, 2012
10:39 am

DOB –
Hmmm … some of those comments kind of surprise me and suggest a lot more problems than just a high ERA (“[he] was sent to the minors to work on a lot of things, from conditioning to pitching mechanics … Just looking at the numbers and the reports … and the way he’s acting down there and the way he’s working has been great). Am I reading too much into this, or did JJ really piss off some people about a variety of issues (fitness/attitude/etc) before they sent him down?

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
10:42 am

No one likes to lose..that said Braves will be ok. Still a couple changes here are there by Wrens will take care of problems. Wren will do that by trade dead line.
I do agree Durbin is one of those…..Go Braves beat Cubs.

The master of baseball

May 8th, 2012
11:00 am

the braves need to release chipper. the only thing he is good for is a single here and there. we should try and get Pete Orr back to take over for him.

brad

May 8th, 2012
12:18 pm

Chipper’s stats…
.329 AVG 5 HR 21 RBI .377 OBP .586 SLG

GwinnettDad

May 8th, 2012
12:29 pm

@brad – Chipper per at bat so far has been GREAT! Any other assertion is either mistaken or stupid. And about Durbin? Uh, he’d better start wearing a Durbin turban pretty soon and get some magic. Otherwise, it will be “designated for assignment.” A HR an inning, it seems. Maybe he has some value in the dugout? Team spirit, or something, because he sure isn’t helping on the field.

Bravo Uno

May 8th, 2012
12:40 pm

trade Hanson before he tears up his arm !

Bravo Uno

May 8th, 2012
12:41 pm

put Medlin in the rotation !

HAL

May 8th, 2012
12:48 pm

i have one comment about tommy bp hanson when he came up one self proclaimed bogg expert said he will be our streak stopper i now agreee dident know he meant winng streaks lol

dons

May 8th, 2012
1:11 pm

This is really beginning to sound like an attitude issue.

[...] it clear that Jurrjens was sent to the minors as a demotion, rather than as a rehab assignment, telling David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Without making this sound cruel, he’s a minor league [...]

bigbrave

May 8th, 2012
2:31 pm

Can they work on his hat rotation and straighten that out next? For some reason the way he wore his hat just tells you everything you needed to know about him.

Bravos

May 8th, 2012
3:09 pm

On paper, Hanson’s numbers looked great however his velocity was not there and just the way the cubs were crushing the ball earlier made me think something was out of whack. But for some really good catches by Bourne and I think Heyward and maybe the wind, Hansen would have definitely had some more runs against him. I think he will ultimately be fine but hope he comes around soon to better form.

Coach (2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)

May 8th, 2012
5:08 pm

What isn’t being said……..the Braves relationship with Jurrjens is beyond repair. He will leave via trade or free agency, guaranteed.

Joshua

May 8th, 2012
6:25 pm

BravesfaninWis,

We all have our opinions. Sorry that yours makes your flagrant stupidity so obvious.

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