Tag:Jair Jurrjens
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:32 am

Brewers' Weeks, McGehee on the block?

The Brewers may be looking to deal this offseason, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal writes, and it's not just Prince Fielder on the block.

The Brewers are open to offers on second baseman Rickie Weeks and third baseman Casey McGehee (pictured).

Casey McGehee Like Fielder, Weeks is a free agent after next season, but with Dan Uggla on the market, could wait until someone makes a move on the Marlins second baseman.

Weeks is a better defender than Uggla (not tough), and had a career-high 29 homers in 2010. He hit .269/.366/.464 in 2010, all a tick above his career marks. Weeks is arbitration-eligible and should get a nice raise over the $2.75 he made last season.

McGehee isn't arbitration-eligible until after next season. McGehee has been a find for the Brewers, who was selected off waivers from the Cubs after the 2008 season. McGehee hit .285/.337/.464 with 23 home runs last season, a year after finishing fifth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.

To trade either Weeks, or especially McGehee, the Brewers are asking for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, Rosenthal writes, and few teams are willing to give that up. The Braves are mentioned as a fit, noting Atlanta might be willing to give up Jair Jurrjens, but only for the right deal. Jurrjens is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason and is under team control through 2013.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:44 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 2:01 pm

Braves announce rotation

The Braves have announced their rotation for the NLDS against the Giants (via David O'Brien on Twitter ):

Game 1: Derek Lowe
Game 2: Tommy Hanson
Game 3: Tim Hudson
Game 4: Brandon Beachy or Lowe on short rest

The Giants have yet to announce their rotation.

UPDATE: MLB.com's Mark Bowman (via Twitter ) notes Jiar Jurrjens will pitch an instructional league game tonight, but wouldn't be used until the NLDS at the earliest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 7:45 pm

Jurrjens making progress

Jair Jurrjens The injured Jair Jurrjens is still an option for the Braves this postseason.

Jurrjens threw his second bullpen in the past three days and told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he felt good enough to pitch.

"Some pitches I feel it, some pitches I don't," said Jurrjens, who is dealing with an injured right knee. "It was good."

Jurrjens could pitch in relief this weekend during the series without he Phillies, giving Bobby Cox a chance to see if Jurrjens could be included on the postseason roster.

"It's just good to know that I think he could pitch," Cox said.

Tonight Brandon Beachy is making his third start in Jurrjens' place.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 3:12 pm

Prospect reveals Jurrjens' injury

Jair Jurrjens A kid gets called up to the big leagues, his parents get excited, let the local paper know, local reporter calls big-time prospect and writes a story.

It doesn't sound like much out of the ordinary -- except when that prospect tells the truth (something many front offices frown upon) and reveals an injury to one of the team's starters on the eve of its biggest series of the season.

That's pretty much what happened Sunday night as Indiana native Brandon Beachy told the Kokomo Tribune that he was in Philadelphia because of Jair Jurrjens' injured knee.

"It's exciting," Beachy told the paper in a phone interview from the team's hotel in Phialdelphia. "We're chasing Philadelphia, we're in Philadelphia. They have an incredible lineup. I'd love nothing more than to be thrown right into this mix and help contribute."

Before the Tribune story, the Braves hadn't said anything about Jurrjens' injury. Monday they're down-playing it.

"it's just a precaution in case," Braves general manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien . "J.J. felt better yesterday. Nothing series, just a tweak to the knee."

We'll see tonight.

Beachy was an emergency starter for Derek Lowe's start at Pittsburgh, but wasn't needed. Lowe, who had a bone chip in his elbow, started the game and won.

Beachy, 24, was 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 35 games (13 starts) in Triple-A and Double-A. He had 148 strikeouts and just 28 walks in 119 1/3 innings.

Lost in this may be Beachy's great story -- and why he had every right to be excited. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent two years ago out of Indiana Wesleyan. The baseball draft pretty much goes until people run out of names they can even make up, and this guy wasn't even drafted? Two years later he's on the brink of the big leagues -- that's certainly something to celebrate, even if I couldn't find a photo of the guy.

UPDATE: The Braves have announced Beachy will start for the Braves against the Phillies tonight. Heck of a big-league debut -- face Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth opposite Cole Hamels. Congrats and good luck.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:54 pm

Jurrjens returns from DL, notches first win

Jair Jurrjens The Atlanta Braves welcomed back Jair Jurrjens on Wednesday, who had been out since April 29 with a hamstring strain, by giving the right-hander his first win of the year.

Jurrjens hit the disabled list with an 0-3 record and 6.38 ERA over five starts -- a far cry from the 2.60 ERA he put up in 2009 over 215 innings. Making way for Jurrjens in the rotation is Kenshin Kawakami, with the Japanese righty headed to the disabled list. Kris Medlen, who joined the rotation in lieu of Jurrjens, remains after tossing up a 4-0 record in nine starts, posting a 3.40 ERA.

"We’re very excited," catcher Brian McCann said about Jurrjens' return according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. " What he’s done the last two years for us is huge. We hope he comes back and he’s healthy, and he can help us for the stretch run we’ve got coming up in the second half."

So far, so good.

After spending what he called the worst two months of his life on the disabled list according to the AP, Jurrjens went five innings, allowing just one run and whiffing six while walking two. Atlanta went on to defeat Washington 4-1 and picked up a game on the Mets, who are now two games behind the division-leading Braves.

"He was the same old ace," raved manager Bobby Cox. "Just overpowering."
-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:54 am

Braves opt to keep, promote Resop

Chris Resop Chris Resop has traveled an unusual path. He was drafted as an outfielder, then became a mediocre relief pitcher in the major leagues, then became a modestly successful relief pitcher in Japan, then this season came back to America and became a starting pitcher.

Today he again becomes a major leaguer, called up by the Braves thanks to his impressive work this year in the minors and an unusual clause in his contract. When he signed this spring, his agent included a clause that by June 15, the Braves had to call Resop up, trade him or give him 72 hours to sign with another team.

The Braves decided their best option was to promote the 27-year-old right-hander, even though they're not sure what his role will be. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Resop was notified this morning and will be in uniform tonight.

In 13 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett, Resop went 5-2 with an ERA of 1.84 (best in the International League). In his last start, he faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hit shutout.

There was no doubt that if the Braves exposed him to being signed by another team, they would have lost him. His agent said there were trade offers, but the Braves decided to make a place for him.

Resop still might end up being traded. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) made a rehab start in Gwinnett on Monday night and will be ready soon. Reliever Takashi Saito is recovered from a hamstring problem and eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday. When they are ready to be activated, the Braves can't send down Resop, who is out of minor league options, without exposing him to waivers, where they would surely lose him. Their best option might be to showcase him for a start and take offers.

No official word yet on who will be sent out today to get Resop onto the roster, but the Journal-Constitution says it will likely be Craig Kimbrel or Jesse Chavez.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:18 pm

Jurrjens to begin rehab stint

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens threw three simulated innings for the Braves on Friday and will start for Triple-A Gwinnet on Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports .

Jurrjens has been out since April 30 with a left hamstring injury.

"Everything felt fine," Jurrjens told O'Brien. "I was throwing my off-speed pitches, throwing all my pitches. I was doing everything game-speed. Every time you go out and have a big test like this and everything’s fine, it’s always a good thing."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 10:06 pm

Braves' Medlen expects to make next start

Braves starter Kris Medlen should not miss his next scheduled start, Bobby Cox told repoters before Wednesday's game in Phoenix.

Medlen suffered a minor strain of his left rotator cuff sliding into home with the tying run in the sixth inning of Tuesday's Braves win.

Medlen has gone 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in the place of Jair Jurrjens.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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