Jurrjens to DL with groin strain

The Braves placed Jair Jurrjens on the disabled list with a groin strain, freeing up room on the roster for newly-acquired Paul Maholm.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Jurrjens felt it during his one inning of relief on Tuesday night against the Marlins. The timing was fortuitous, considering Jurrjens might have been sent to the minor leagues otherwise. He was 0-2 in his past two starts after allowing 14 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Now Gonzalez said Jurrjens will head to Triple-A Gwinnett before long on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

“I think he should be OK in a week or so,” Gonzalez said. “We could have optioned him down or do whatever. But he had the groin thing so why even mess around with it.”

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August 1st, 2012
8:19 pm

Groin = demotion


August 1st, 2012
8:27 pm

JJ needs to get better in a hurry or let go…He has been a liability for more than a year now…

Reid in EAV

August 1st, 2012
8:29 pm

Sent him to the Groin League, I see. Class EEE!

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2012
8:34 pm

JJ gave the Braves an All star perfromance at the beginning of last year before his knee injury. I do not remember some of you being disrespectful to him at that time. I hope the Braves keep him and he works out hard over the winter to strengthen his leg and comes back big time…..either in Atlanta or elsewhere. Go get em…JJ…and get healthy and good ASAP.


August 1st, 2012
8:37 pm

good riddance. he is worthless.

derek lee

August 1st, 2012
8:50 pm

Troy Glaus gave the Braves one good month once. Jurrjens is injury prone just face it

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2012
8:54 pm

derek lee….

I wish you had given the Braves one good month….didn’t. You can’t hit…face it….in fact…you are retired….good.

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2012
8:55 pm


Better be careful. You boss…or your wife….might tell you the same thing some day.


August 1st, 2012
9:07 pm

I see Derek Lowe has returned to his Atlanta pitching ways and will lose his starting role.

Yogi Berra

August 1st, 2012
9:14 pm

What a excuse..are we teaching people to lie now?


August 1st, 2012
9:28 pm

JMO but this seems to me like a “phantom injury” designed to get the guy out of sight and out of mind.

Yogi Berra

August 1st, 2012
9:36 pm

The kids are alright

August 1st, 2012
9:39 pm

JJ can pitch just fine when healthy. I get so mad when Braves fans turn on a guy who was lights out not so long ago. JJ made adjustments to compensate for being hurt and now he is chasing his mechanics, just like Tiger Woods and many other elite athletes have had to do when making a comeback. Lighten up on the guy! He is one of our own homegrown all-stars and he will figure it out.

JC Boscan III

August 1st, 2012
9:58 pm

True — there are too many hostile, ignorant Braves “fans” on here who love to rip a player to shreds because he’s having trouble. A true Braves fan may criticize someone’s play, but should pull for them to get back on track. Even including JJ’s mostly poor performance this year, his career numbers are 53-37 with a 3.62 ERA. He’s pitched a lot of great games for the Braves, and doesn’t deserve to be dumped on by people who know little about baseball or who just enjoy ripping other people to shreds. JJ may never pitch another good game for the Braves, but he deserves more than being a constant target of derision.


August 1st, 2012
10:01 pm

The Braves have wasted damn near every opportunity they had to score tonight. I was shocked when Uggla actually got a hit and drove a run home, not surprised at all that he had another POP out to ruin the Braves chances.2 more innings left, win this game.


August 1st, 2012
10:04 pm

The Edgar Renteria for Jair Jurrjens trade was still awesome


August 1st, 2012
10:47 pm

Well if they picked a game to play bad, at least they picked a game where the Nats lost as well.

Virginia Jim

August 1st, 2012
10:59 pm

Give JJ a break. He is still very young and has a lot of talent. He needs to be healthy. Remember Smoltz, Avery, and Glavine when they were ” very” young the first few years in the big leagues. They all got hammered. It took them about 4-5 years before they found their groove. A healthy JJ will give you 15 wins a year.


August 1st, 2012
11:02 pm

The question none of us knows the answer to depends on my opinion of JJ. Hopefully David can fill us in. Has JJ done the hard work necessary to come back from his injury last year? If so and he just needs more time then we all need to be supportive. If not, show him the door.


August 1st, 2012
11:04 pm

Trying to find a place for JJ isn’t that easy, especially when they really don’t want him anymore.


August 1st, 2012
11:19 pm

JJ is going to comeback, I think he has some Melky in him.


August 2nd, 2012
3:39 am

i feel as though JJ has pitched above his projected numbers thus far in his career (lets forget all the bad numbers this season) and now he’s settling back to earth in a really rocky way. But as far as the SABR numbers go, nobody will *actually* hate a 4.30ERA fly ball pitcher five years from now. We might miss him….


August 2nd, 2012
3:42 am

Can the Braves pick up Derek Lowe now that he’s been DFA’d from the Indians? Ya know, since we’re paying him 10 million this year anyway might as well have him throw BP or something..

Zane Smith's Teeth

August 2nd, 2012
7:39 am

JJ was drinking the juice!


August 2nd, 2012
8:00 am

JJ still has possibilities. Paul Maholm has found something at 30 and learned to pitch with an 87 mph fastball. He’s won 13 games twice and 14 once and HE IS ONLY 26. Calling a talent like that worthless etc. is, to say the least, thoughtless. People probably posted the same about Ben Sheets.

Whether JJ can recover here or needs a change of scenery is a reasonable question, as is whether he fits the Braves’ future. But I am grateful for his great contributions and certainly think he has a baseball future. He’s at a critical moment in his career where the mental aspect of pitching has to step to a new place. OK, bullpen the rest of the way and then let’s see after a winter to clear the cobwebs. Trade or stay, he has a future of some kind.

A few weeks ago, Barry Zito whipped our butts. If I remember back, when they won the WS, he had a terrible year, demoted to the bullpen, left out of the playoff roster at one point. And here he is again.

Bottom line: in baseball, you never know.


August 2nd, 2012
10:17 am

Giants had no choice but to keep giving Zito chance after chance. The $$ and years on his contract made him untradeable and no way they release him and pay him for doing nothing. JJJ is a different case from the contract perspective. This is a bottom line business and right now he cannot get the job done. He is young enough that I still believe he will turn it around someday, but it will not happen with a Braves cap on his head.

Nevada Roy

August 2nd, 2012
10:42 am

When he is recovered … have him pitch long relief in AAA. See what he can do in relief in the September call-ups. Worst case he can full fill a mop-op roll. Clearly he will be non-tendered.


August 2nd, 2012
11:01 am

The Braves seem really good at jerking their pitchers around. Remember when KK was no longer wanted?


August 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

Rumor is that his agent, Scott Boras, kicked him hard in the nuts for costing them a bunch of $$$ this offseason with his crap performance. Hence, the “groin strain”.

I don’t think we’ll be seeing JJ again in a Braves uniform.


August 2nd, 2012
11:17 am

KK had a 3 year deal for over $20M. With the exception of a few games he was awful. A contract is an agreement bewteen 2 parties. When you take the money, you are saying you can perform up to that level. He never came close to performing to that level and still got his money. If getting paid 6-8 million to pitch a season in Mississippi is being jerked around, then will somebody please jerk me around.


August 2nd, 2012
11:51 am

I think we’ll see JJ again as a Septmber call-up. But in the offseason I think th Braves release him or trade to a team willing to take a flier on him…He will get paid $5.5M. Plus whatever arbitration raise he gets next year (and yes, baseball salaries are screwed up, he will get a raise next yea).


August 2nd, 2012
12:06 pm

Arb raise is not automatic and gauranteed. Only if offered by team that has his rights. As there is no trade value, most likely scenario is Braves decline arbitration and JJJ becomes a FA. Then he is probably looking at minimum salary 1 year deal with team option for 2nd year at best or a minor league contract with a chance to earn a big league roster spot in spring training.

2 offseasons ago when DLowe got JJJ & Tommy Boy to switch agents to the devil, I advocated strongly that both should be dealt ASAP while they could sell high. As it stands Braves will get nothing in exchange for JJJ when he is let go. They need to aggressively shop Tommy Boy next offseason for whatever they can get or risk the same fate.


August 2nd, 2012
12:09 pm

Wonder if JJ failed to stretch and get himself ready to pitch that night. If I’m making major league money I’m saying “how can I help this team”. Medlin (whether he really believes it or not) has the right attitude by saying he will do anything to help this team win.


August 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

The Braves should give Jurrjens the chance to catch in with another club IF that he is what he wants. He does not figure into the team’s plans for the future, and he will not be offered a contract for 2013, so why not give him and his agent Boras a chance to see if another club not in contention wants to give him an opportunity? It is possible that a change of scenery and perhaps some different medical attention to his ankle problem would benefit JJ. Pitching for some other team for 2 months would be better for JJ than all the phony stuff about injuries and sending him to triple-A. He has been a classy guy with Atlanta and is still young enough to have success elsewhere.


August 2nd, 2012
1:06 pm

Sad pic I took of JJ yesterday. His body language was telling.


Mark (another one)

August 2nd, 2012
1:17 pm

JJ has options so he could be sent down (and was) without any issue. If Fredi says he has an injury, I believe it. I also believe JJ will bounce back after this season and have a few more years in the majors. He needs to work out his issues and realize that talent and guile alone aren’t going to get it done. He’s still young and has experienced success.


August 2nd, 2012
1:19 pm

So Jurrjens has pitched one mop-up inning in 10 days, and strained his groin??? Oh well, don’t ask, don’t tell. Hopefully he’ll soon join McLouth, Livan, Lowe, Proctor, Garret the Loaf and other epic fails on the Forever Ex-Braves list. Reserve some room for Uggla too….sooner or later, it has to happen.


August 2nd, 2012
1:26 pm

I agree with comments that many people are too hard on JJ on here and don’t seem to appreciate what he has done for the team. I will also say, however, that while I would love for him to get it together and produce for us, the fact is that he cannot at this time, for whatever reason. I fear he is untradable at this point, so the only thing to do is send him to Gwinnett, let him finish the season there, and then let him go at the end of the season. We simply can’t afford to keep sending him out there right now to pitch the way he has. I do wish him the best though. Go Braves!


August 2nd, 2012
4:12 pm

Jj will bounce back for sure i hope with another team. Braves just dont appreciate him. So trade him! He is a good pitcher, but the braves forget really fast. Alzheimer i think


August 2nd, 2012
5:38 pm

Hanson, then Jurrjens.. one has to wonder about these “injuries” as soon as guy is struggling.


August 3rd, 2012
11:03 am

Watch out for the Astro’s tonight. The Braves are a prohibitive favorite ( -270 ). Seems like the underdog wins more than an appropriate share of games where the line is that big.


August 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

JJ – DUMP THE TRAINERS YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH & GO BACK TO THE TRAINERS YOU HAD FROM ROOKIE THRU WINTER BEFORE ALL-STARS… WE WANT OUR ACE BACK! PS…I hope you give the STUPID media manipulated “fans” that post crap they have no clue about (like what Scott B of Freddy G are doing or saying) an F-U by REMEMBERING WHO YOU ARE JJ!


August 3rd, 2012
1:04 pm

The people on the blog who are burying JJ are not true Braves Fans, they are just Bandwagon hoppers, who seems to do this sort of thing to every player if injured or if they are having a down period or sub par year. They easily forgot all the great things Andruu Jones did, saving countless number of runs in center field and driving in so many others, It was the same thing with David Justice who brought us the only championship, Tom Glavine was treated harshly because he went to the Mets for five years, forgeting all that he did for the Braves for those many years, and especially the gem he pitched in game six of the World Series in 1995.
JJ is having a bad year and needs to go straighten out his mechanics and get better, therefore to move him out of the starting lineup is the right decision. However I am not going to bury him and call him wothless like some idiots on here do.
Get well JJ and come back better next year. I wish I could also tell JJ not to be so affected when he does not get a call, and do not lose focus on the person at the plate when a runner gets on. Try to study Maddux and see what you can emulate. He did not throw hard and if your fastball has gone down to 89-90 concentrate on movement and placement and do not try to throw at 92-93.
Again good luck.

Lotta Palooza

August 3rd, 2012
1:56 pm

JJ – TRUE Braves fans will stick by you. As far as the rest, “F-em”. When your “on” you are invincible. Lest everyone forget, it was the BRAVES who were tagged with “From Worst To First.” Your come back in Boston was hands THE best game to watch of the season. Frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me if the tables turn dramatically and we see YOU standing on the hill giving the nod to BMac in the final game of the World Series & Jerome Jurenovich / Braves LIVE deems you as “The Come-Back Kid”. BATTLE ON JURRJENS!

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