Despite Jurrjens’ bad Triple-A stats, Braves say they’re encouraged

CINCINNATI – Jair Jurrjens had his second statistically poor start in a row for Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, allowing 11 hits and seven runs (six earned) with one walk and four strikeouts in 4-1/3 innings.

Still, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the report from Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage was good.

“I talked to Brundy this morning, because I saw the line score and I read the game report,” Gonzalez said. “And Brundy was encouraged. Stuff that you guys don’t see on the line score. His velocity was up. I think they had him a couple of times at 93 [mph], which we hadn’t seen here. So there is some progress there.

“You can read the boxscore or his line and kind of [worry]. So I wanted to make sure.”

Jurrjens, a 2011 All-Star, was sent to the minors after going 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts for the Braves. His first three starts for Gwinnett were solid, but Jurrjens has been pummeled in his last two for 23 hits, 16 earned runs and three homers in nine innings, with three walks and seven strikeouts.

He’s 2-2 with a 6.10 ERA and .313 opponents’ average in five starts for Gwinnett, with eight walks and 16 strikeouts in 31 innings.

Gonzalez said Brundage assured him again that Jurrjens was “working hard, being a great teammate, going in the right direction.”

McCann scratched from lineup

Catcher Brian McCann had flu-like symptoms and was a late scratch from the Braves lineup Tuesday.

“He’s got a little bit of a fever, nothing major, right around 100,” said Gonzalez, who was advised by Braves trainers to rest McCann. If backup David Ross got injured or otherwise had to leave the game, McCann would be available.

Ross, who hit a home run in his last start Sunday at Tampa Bay, got the start Tuesday against one of his former teams. He played for the Reds from 2006 through part of the 2008 season, and hit a career-high 21 homers in 90 games in 2007 and 17 homers in 2008.

Ross entered Tuesday’s game with 28 homers and an .879 OPS in 354 at-bats at Great American Ball Park.

Chipper takes batting practice

Chipper Jones took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a contusion above his left ankle on Friday, and Gonzalez said there was at least a possibility the veteran third baseman could play Wednesday in the third game of the four-game series.

Jones wore a hard protective guard under the bandage around his lower leg, and wore a shin guard over it during batting practice. The switch-hitter plans to wear the shin guard for the rest of the season while hitting from either side.

He said the leg felt “a little better” on Tuesday, “but it’s still pretty painful.”

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Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

May 22nd, 2012
8:04 pm

Jurrjens is done.

go-BRAVOS

May 22nd, 2012
8:13 pm

Well at least he hit 93mph a couple of times, too bad he got shellacked by AAA hitters. Listening to Fredi you would think he is about ready for a call up.

Go Braves!

louisville slugger

May 22nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Here in KY, we’re forced to watch the Reds telecast due to MLB’s stupid blackout rules, even on DirecTV…. believe me when I say, the Braves telecast is MUCH, MUCH more professional. I really, really miss Chip and Joe…

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 22nd, 2012
8:16 pm

Thanks, Chief! Get well soon, BMac!

Ralph

May 22nd, 2012
8:19 pm

Fredi should just keep his mouth shut, every time he opens it he sounds so stupid.

BravesfaninWis

May 22nd, 2012
8:27 pm

Come on with giving up the f’n homeruns already. Do these pitchers have a competition who can give up the longest HR or what? Pretty pathetic boys, this is why the Braves have a good shot at making the playoffs, but will more than likely falter when they get there. They are just to inconsistent. Expected much more out of Beachy after his last start, guess that is what we get for expecting.

BravesfaninWis

May 22nd, 2012
8:29 pm

Figures, they give up another run, then when its their turn to bat, they look like they don’t have a heartbeat. At least put forth a effort.

least of the east

May 22nd, 2012
8:30 pm

apparently, his velocity was up but his location was bad and his secondary pitches weren’t working.
he may have pitched better than the stats, but when stats are that bad there is a problem.
another typical stupid comment by Gonzalez.

JJ isn’t an option in the near future so we may have to watch Minor pitch BP for a while.
how much worse can Todd Redmond be ? they refuse to give him a chance.

Tampa Gator

May 22nd, 2012
8:40 pm

I love “Braves fans”…..always so positive and supportive of the Braves players, coaches, and management.

Tampa Gator

May 22nd, 2012
8:42 pm

Jair…..

Keep working hard….get back…..and help the Braves keep the Phillies from winning another division title.

hiway61

May 22nd, 2012
9:07 pm

Maybe that was Fredi’s kiss of death for JJ.

hiway61

May 22nd, 2012
9:12 pm

I love the Braves and watch all games but..Just the facts please. I got eyes and don’t try to sell me chicken salad for chicken sh*#. They my Braves but I like the truth. I’m positive till proven otherwise.

hiway61

May 22nd, 2012
9:22 pm

Bourn has two homers tonight and double. Thats positive..now get another run.
Wren please sign Bourn….

hiway61

May 22nd, 2012
9:24 pm

since I’m the only one here I’ll say good-bye.

Fredi G

May 22nd, 2012
9:44 pm

We just gotta keep running Jurgy out there. Beachy pitched good tonight. What’d he give up? Only 3 homeruns? Helluva start.

BravesfaninWis

May 22nd, 2012
9:57 pm

I haven’t checked the scores yet, but the Braves can say bye bye to the NL East lead if they keep playing this crappy ass baseball. If these guys could play at a high level for a long period of time like the good teams do, it would be a miracle. That is why I am always pessimistic about this team. Want them to win in the worst way, but deep down know they will always blow it.

Veer

May 23rd, 2012
4:07 am

Really encouraging news on Jurrjens. He is starting to get his velocity up there to 93. I think he will be an impactful pitcher come Augest as our Single A team makes a run for the playoffs

Darryl Blackberry

May 23rd, 2012
4:36 am

Second jerky comment in as many days from the “fan” in Wisconsin. Some of us haven’t given up on JJ or the Braves here in May. For all its faults, this team is capable of dynamic things that it wasn’t in previous years.

Charlie

May 23rd, 2012
5:09 am

Encouraging news about JJ? It’s another example of the totally stupid spin that drops from the mouth of Fredi G. JJ can’t get people out, even at AAA. It does matter if he throw 3 pitches at 93 mph. If you can’t get minor league talent out, you’re not coming back to the show. If Friedi thinks his comments are a help to JJ, or anyone else would be stupid enough to trade for JJ, Fredi is more delusional that I thought. JJ’s body of work, since last July has no up side to it. He is what he is, no matter how Fredi spins it. JJ can’t get minor league hitters out, with a 6+ era. It is what it is.

OTP

May 23rd, 2012
6:35 am

God bless Bourn. You know it’s getting bad when you can count on him for the teams HR output! As far as JJ goes, expect FG to have him back in the majors any day now, with that kind of approach. We need a pitcher to win games, and the line score does matter!

Lobosolo

May 23rd, 2012
8:53 am

What a sorry lot of “fans”… Beachy did pitch well, idiots… that ballpark just has very, very short fences…. I have asked a reasonable question before and not one of you crybabies has ever answered it… since you obviously don’t understand the nature of the game of baseball, why in the world do you watch it? Is it just a need to incessantly cry all of the time? Y’all seem so unsuited to handle it…. do yourselves a favor, and find a pursuit that you half way understand…

Lobosolo

May 23rd, 2012
8:56 am

I would love for one of you nabobs to name me ONE player, present or in the past, that measures up to your expectations of always being “on”, going 4-4 or pitching a win every time out…. just one player who has never had a slump here and there…. please, NAME ONE….

Lobosolo

May 23rd, 2012
8:57 am

I’ll answer for you… wouldn’t want such feeble minds to explode trying to think…. THERE IS NONE…

Chaos

May 23rd, 2012
8:58 am

The reality of baseball is that in the end all batters will hit for thier avg. not withstanding drugs or injuries. Fans need to know what to expect and by knowing a little about your players you wont have so many emotional ups and downs. The Braves are a good team and will contend for a title, it wont be a cake walk be we will be in it.

coach13

May 23rd, 2012
9:17 am

D. Lowe walks 4, gives up 7 hits, and strikes out noone and wins. Minor gives up 4 runs on 4 solo shots, 3 of them in a row, and 1 of those to the pitcher. By the way the Reds pitcher that night, statisticlly was just as bad as Minor going into that game and the offense got 2 hits. Crazy. Beachy gives up 5 hits, 3 of those are HRs, 2 of those were to the same guy. Doesn’t walk a batter until 2 outs in the 7th. Loses. Crazy.

The pitchers will figure it out as the season goes along. The hitters have to stay consistent, and healthy.

Top priority is to sign Bourn. Period.

bobby

May 23rd, 2012
9:52 am

Are the fences in C just as short when the Braves bat as when the Reds bat or do they slide them back out for the Braves?

wayn-o

May 23rd, 2012
10:33 am

I guess the minor leagues are helping JJ, he’s got 2 wins more than before and has lower era by 3 runs. he’s still awful but it’s a start.

BartBuzz

May 23rd, 2012
10:37 am

6 earned runs in 4 and 1/3 innings is encouraging. Talk about spin. JJ’s numbers aren’t any better in the minors. Sorry, but I’m not encouraged.

iopbrave

May 23rd, 2012
12:11 pm

trade jurgens for lowe-

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Disbott3000

May 23rd, 2012
1:01 pm

We need Chipper! All will be well when he is back in the line-up. I don’t think it SHOULD be that way, but so far, it is what it is.

jayvee

May 23rd, 2012
2:15 pm

Wow. Talk about making a silk purse out of a pig’s ear. Nobody can give up the number of hits Jurrjens is surrendering and be considered to be doing his job. AAA hitters are hitting .313 against him. No, I think JJ is done of this year, and perhaps forever. I don’t understand why, but I certainly see it when I watch him pitch. He’s lost it.

Then again, if Derek Lowe can rebound and have six wins and a 2.15 ERA, I suppose anything is possible. Lowe should be sued for malpractice for his last season in Atlanta.

Bourn Here

May 23rd, 2012
4:22 pm

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May 23rd, 2012
4:22 pm

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BrandonLee49

May 23rd, 2012
4:57 pm

As usual, Braves willing to Push Statistics that Stare them in the FACE, that sy Jurrgens is Not Ready…. He Can’t dominate AAA batters, what makes Any sense that he’s Ready for ML Hitters…. Braves MGMT needs a Labotomy !!!!!!

alanfalcon

May 23rd, 2012
5:33 pm

Bourne and Prado are setting the table on a regular basis (Freeman, B-Mac and Uggla) are letting early RBI’s go down the drain early in every game, might bed a good idea to move some of the other guys up in the line up and see if they can appreciate the opportunities !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

alanfalcon

May 23rd, 2012
5:33 pm

Bourne and Prado are setting the table on a regular basis (Freeman, B-Mac and Uggla) are letting early RBI’s go down the drain early in every game, might bed a good idea to move some of the other guys up in the line up and see if they can appreciate the opportunities !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josephus

May 23rd, 2012
5:41 pm

wow, lobosolo is a really brave guy, hiding behind his keyboard & calling everybody names

south al fan

May 23rd, 2012
6:24 pm

B Mac should know there is still a left field and not try to pull every thing. uggla should not be batting clean up he can not get a ball out of infield with runners on,pitchers know freeman will swing at first pitch and they throw their best pitch

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