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Jurrjens looks sharp in delayed debut

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Jurrjens looks sharp in delayed debut · Notes, Quotes · Roster Report

How well did right-hander Jair Jurrjens pitch when he finally made his season debut Saturday? The Mets can tell you all about it.

"I can tell you why we didn't produce in this game (Saturday)," Mets manager Terry Collins says. "That's about as good of command as I've seen in a long time. Since we saw (Marlins right-hander) Josh Johnson. That might be the best command of all three pitches that I've seen a pitcher have in a long time."

"Location, location, location," Mets third baseman David Wright said. "He was really spotting the ball with all his pitches (Saturday)."

Jurrjens needs to have his right knee treated for swelling on the day after he pitches; that's going to be the protocol for the entire season following his offseason arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Dealing with that is nothing compared to feeling as though he wasn't part of the team, as he did while he was on the disabled list.

The key for him against the Mets in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader was keeping shortstop Jose Reyes off the bases.

The speed of his changeup -- which he felt was too hard in his rehab start -- was fine, inducing the Mets to hit the ball on the ground, which also allowed him to get deep in the game.

Needless to say, the Braves are thrilled to have their full complement of starters back in the roster.

Aware of the buzz surrounding the Phillies' rotation, Jurrjens said, "We have a good five guys, too."

Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Mets wasn't fellow right-hander Tommy Hanson's best effort, though. He struck out a season-high nine batters -- the strikeout of Willie Harris in the first was the 300th of his career -- but lasted only five innings and failed to execute the bunt on a suicide squeeze with the bases loaded in the second inning.

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