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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.

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