Murphy arrives; updates on Jurrjens and Proctor
Dale Murphy has arrived in camp and had the opportunity to reunite with his former teammates Gene Garber and Glenn Hubbard. If not for the grey hair and creaky knees, there might be some who could draw memories from 1978, when each of these guys were part of the group that Bobby Cox assembled during his first Spring Training as a big league manager.
Of course you might also want to ignore the chilly conditions that arrived in the Disney area during the late-morning hours. My guess is that West Palm Beach seldom felt as wintry as these conditions, which greeted the cast of backups that the Mets brought north for this afternoon’s game.
For the second straight day, the Braves pitchers will be facing a lineup that doesn’t include Jeff Francoeur, whose former No. 7 Braves jersey is now being worn by non-roster invitee Joe Thurston.
As for the Braves, their lineup once again includes Jason Heyward, who has been moved down to the fifth spot of the lineup to account for the additions of Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus, who didn’t play during Tuesday’s Grapefruit League season opener.
Melky Cabrera 8
Martin Prado 4
Chipper Jones 5
Troy Glaus 3
Jason Heyward 9
Yunel Escobar 6
Matt Diaz 7
David Ross 2
Brett Clevlen DH
Bullpen sessions: Jair Jurrjens made another step in the right direction with a mound session that consisted of approximately 30 pitches this morning. The 24-year-old right-hander mixed fastballs and changeups during this session that was described as “pain-free” by Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell.
“He had no problems,” McDowell said. “Everything went well.”
If Jurrjens feels good tomorrow, he’ll be scheduled to complete a longer bullpen session on Friday. While optimistic about the progress, McDowell still isn’t willing to place a particular timetable on his young right-hander, who reported to camp dealing with some discomfort caused by inflammation in his right shoulder.
But if Jurrjens continues on his current path, there’s certainly reason to believe he could make his first Grapefruit League start some time during the latter portion of next week.
McDowell also reported that Scott Proctor looked strong during his 40-pitch bullpen session this morning. The veteran right-handed reliever, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, will begin throwing live batting practice on Friday.
It still seems optimistic to believe Proctor could break camp as a member of the Atlanta bullpen. But the 32-year-old right-hander remains encouraged about the progress that has allowed him to reach a point where he is throwing with what he deems 90 percent of his effort. <p>
“I keep taking steps in the right direction, not moving in the wrong direction, thank goodness,” Proctor said. “I’m feeling really, really good. I’m looking forward to at least getting a hitter in the box.”
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