Jurrjens throws while Chipper and Heyward sit
MLB.com’s Peter Gammons arrived in Braves camp today just in time for Jason Heyward’s first day off since the Grapefruit League season began.
Braves manager Bobby Cox said he selfishly wanted to put Heyward in the lineup for the sixth straight day, but was persuaded by his bench coach Chino Cadahia a day to rest.
Chipper Jones will also miss this afternoon’s game against the Astros because of a jammed right thumb that he incurred when he got jammed with a pitch on Friday. Not wanting to aggravate this ailment that he has occasionally battled in the past, Jones plans to rest at least one more day before possibly returning to the lineup on Tuesday night against Roy Halladay and the Phillies.
Jair Jurrjens’ 24-pitch live batting practice session was completed in a pain-free manner this morning and the 24-year-old right-hander will likely repeat this exercise on Wednesday. It now appears that his first Grapefruit League start could come Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Scott Proctor also impressed Braves manager Bobby Cox with the live batting practice session he completed this morning.
“He’s really firing the ball,” Cox said of the right-handed reliever, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Proctor could begin pitching in games within the next week to 10 days. Once he does, the Braves will gain a better sense about when he could be added to their outfield mix. While possible, Opening Day still seems to be a rather optimistic projection.
BRAVES LINEUP vs. Astros
Nate McLouth 8
Martin Prado 4
Melky Cabrera 9
Troy Glaus 3
Brian McCann 2
Yunel Escobar 6
Matt Diaz 7
Brooks Conrad 5
Tommy Hanson 1