Braves still waiting to make decision on Jurrjens
Jair Jurrjens seems to be ready to make his scheduled regular season debut Wednesday in Milwaukee. But the Braves seem prepared to take the precautionary route by placing him on the disabled list.
If Jurrjens is placed on the disabled list, he could be activated for next Saturday’s game against the Phillies. Given that he would only have to wait an extra three days to make the debut under this scenario, the Braves might be wise to go this route and give Wednesday’s start to Mike Minor.
By putting him on the DL, the Braves also give Jurrjens a chance to knock off some of the rust he’s developed since exiting his March 24 exhibition start after just one inning because of discomfort in his right side. If he starts Wednesday in Milwaukee, he would be 12 days removed from last week’s one-inning effort.
Jurrjens doesn’t believe there’s any reason for concern heading toward his scheduled side session Sunday morning. But if necessary, the Braves could take advantage of an early offday and actually allow him to rest until April 16. Under this scenario, Minor still would only be needed for next Wednesday’s start in Milwaukee.
Jurrjens’ thoughts will be posted in today’s BEAT, which will also include notes on Fredi Gonzalez’ decision to send Jonny Venters to the mound for Thursday’s eighth and Craig Kimbrel to the mound for the ninth. Basically Gonzalez went into the game with the mindset that Kimbrel would serve as his closer.
I would guess this is the mindset Gonzalez will take most of the time. But he says he will be very careful with his young relievers and do whatever he can to make sure they don’t pitch more than two days in a row during the early portion of the season.
Even with the Nationals starting left-hander John Lannan Saturday, Gonzalez kept the left-handed Brian McCann in the cleanup spot and the right-handed Dan Uggla in the fifth spot of the lineup. He says he will likely go with this arrangement whenever all of his regulars are in the lineup.
BRAVES LINEUP for 4/2 @ Nationals