Jurrjens will travel to Atlanta for MRI
When Jair Jurrjens reported to Citizens Bank Park this afternoon and was unable to complete his pitching delivery without feeling any discomfort in his right knee, the Braves took the precautionary route and opted to allow Brandon Beachy to start this series opener against the Phillies.
Beachy will be making his Major League debut and starting for the first time since tossing six scoreless innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Sept. 3. The 24-year-old right-hander, who was signed out of the Virginia Valley Summer League in 2008, has spent the past couple of weeks on a throwing program devised by Minor League pitching coordinator Dave Wallace.
Jurrjens twice declined to talk to reporters today about this knee ailment he incurred while completing a bullpen session Friday. He will fly back to Atlanta later tonight and undergo an MRI exam Tuesday. The Braves are hoping he misses just this one start.
The Braves did get some good health-related news today, when an MRI revealed that the shoulder discomfort that Takashi Saito experienced Friday night was likely due to tendinitis. Initially, there was reason to believe he would miss the remainder of the season.
But Bobby Cox said Saito might be able to pitch again later this week.