Mother Nature provides Jurrjens a chance to pitch


Mother Nature cooperated long enough for Jair Jurrjens to complete his two scheduled innings in scoreless fashion.  But a second-inning rain delay forced Tommy Hanson to simulate his four-inning appearance in the covered batting cages here at Disney.

This morning it didn’t look like the Braves would have a chance to send Jurrjens to the mound to make his Grapefruit League debut against the Pirates.  But the rain that has pelted this area over the past two days subsided just long enough for the 24-year-old right-hander to complete his work in impressive fashion.

Having already gotten himself warm by the time play was halted with one out in the bottom of the second inning, Hanson went sent to the batting cages to complete this work that keeps him on his regular schedule.   He’ll attempt to complete at least four innings again on Wednesday, when he returns to the mound to face the Marlins in Jupiter.

Jurrjens opened his outing by getting Andrew McCutchen to look at three consecutive strikes and exited it having allowed just one hit  — Ryan Doumit’s second-inning leadoff single. 

The game was halted during the bottom half of the second inning after Yunel Escobar drilled that struck Ross Ohlendorf on the back his right leg, just above the knee.

During the bottom of the first, Martin Prado provided a leadoff single and advanced to third base when Nate McLouth’s well-placed bunt single drew a wayward throw from Ohlendorf.  But  Prado got caught in a rundown after Chipper Jones directed a grounder to first base and McLouth got picked off attempting to steal third base.    

Martin Prado 4
Nate McLouth 8
Chipper Jones 5
Troy Glaus 3
Brian McCann 2
Yunel Esbobar 6
Jason Heyward 9
Matt Diaz 7
Jair Jurrjens 1

Notes:  Bobby Cox said that Scott Proctor will pitch in his first game around March 19.  The right-handed reliever has impressed with the arm strength he has shown while attempting to return from Tommy John surgery…Tom Glavine will arrive in camp early next week and handle the broadcasting duties for Tuesday’s game against the Marlins.


Is this a serious experiment to use Prado leading off?

I’m excited to see what this Esbobar kid can do.

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