CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Braves remain hopeful, but not certain, that Jair Jurrjens will be able to take his spot in their season-opening rotation.
Jurrjens left Thursday's start after just one inning, after he complained of discomfort in his right side. He said afterwards that he expected to make his final scheduled spring start on Tuesday night in Atlanta, but Braves general manager Frank Wren said Friday that Jurrjens will likely skip that start.
Wren said that Jurrjens felt good when he reported to the Braves clubhouse Friday morning.
"We're cautiously optimistic," he said.
Jurrjens is tentatively scheduled to start the Braves' fourth regular-season game, in Milwaukee on April 6. Because of an off day on April 11, the Braves will need their fifth starter only once in the first two weeks of the season, so if the Braves want to be more cautious, they could use Brandon Beachy in the fourth spot and Jurrjens fifth.