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Braves Push Jair Jurrjens' Return Date To April 16

The Braves have announced starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens won't come off the disabled list until April 16, according to David O'Brien.

Jurrjens officially hit the disabled list Sunday with a strained oblique. He hasn't seen a game since straining the muscle in a Spring Training game March 24. He has thrown two bullpen sessions since, one in Washington on Thursday and one Sunday. Both apparently went well, but the Braves want to be cautious with Jurrjens this early in the year.

Jurrjens will throw three or four simulated innings at AAA Gwinnett on Wednesday, followed by a rehab start the following Monday, hoping to go five or six innings. If all goes well, his target return date is the 16th, a Saturday game against the Mets in Atlanta.

In his place, Mike Minor will receive the spot start April 6 in Milwaukee. The Braves only expect Minor to go one or two starts. An off day April 11 sets up to where Minor will be skipped for his second start.

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