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.”