clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Status Of Braves Pitcher Jair Jurrjens Remains Uncertain For Now

The Braves were remaining hesitant and noncommittal with starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens' side injury as of Thursday.

↵

Carroll Rogers reported Jurrjens threw a side session prior to the Opening Day game against Washington on Thursday. Jurrjens said he felt "good," throwing all of his pitches during a 30-pitch bullpen. It was the first time he had thrown off a mound since March 24 when he left after one inning due to a side injury.

↵

Fredi Gonzalez said he would have more information Saturday. Jurrjens was slated to make his 2011 debut April 6 in Milwaukee, but that is up in the air at this point. If he goes on the disabled list, the retroactive date will allow him to pitch April 9 against the Phillies at home. Mike Minor would likely get the spot start in Milwaukee if that is the case.

↵

It seems putting Jurrjens on the DL and giving him the extra rest is probably the best idea. One start in April won't make or break a season, and the Braves need Jurrjens healthy for the long haul rather than risk added injury this early. It looks like a wait and see type of thing for now.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.