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UPDATE: Jurrjens to have MRI on sore shoulder

Feb 16, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

4606.jpgTuesday: Jurrjens underwent the MRI late Tuesday afternoon, according to the AJC’s Dave O’Brien. The results, however, will not be available until Wednesday.

Monday, 9:42pm: Nothing can kill the optimism of pitchers and catchers quite like three scary letters: M-R-I

Braves fans were kicked in the gut tonight with the news that right-hander Jair Jurrjens will travel to Atlanta later this week for an MRI on his right shoulder. Jurrjens, who turned 24 last month, has experienced some lingering soreness in the shoulder after arriving early to the team’s Spring Training headquarters in Lake Buena Vista. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he told a team official that he felt a “twinge” while flipping a ball underhand during a recent game in his native Curacao.

Doesn’t sound good, but Jurrjens was examined by a team trainer who determined that his rotator cuff and labrum were structurally sound. It all sounds very precautionary, but you can bet that the Braves will do their due diligence with the promising right-hander.

Jurrjens was 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 34 starts last season, logging a new career-high with 215 innings. Concerns about the increased workload (26 2/3 more innings than 2008) are natural, though it doesn’t quite reach “Verducci Effect” levels of concern. It’s worth noting that he served a brief stint on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation during the 2007 season as a member of the Tigers. Might mean something. Might not. In any case, good thing the Braves have a pitching surplus! Oh wait.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Don’t tell Craig. Oh, please, don’t tell Craig. He’s already had his wife lock him in the closet tonight like the werewolves in Skinwalkers against the moment when he has to face the reality of Johnny Damon’s five-year, $40 million contract with the Tiggers. And this without having ingested any lycopene – or did he maybe knock off a brace of Bloody Marys when he first got wind of the deal?

  2. JBerardi - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Remember, whenever you team has more than five starting pitchers on it’s roster, it is an [i]absolute imperative[/i] that you trade one of them away. After all, since no team has ever used more than five starters in the course of a season, the sixth one is just a waste of roster space. This is basic stuff…

  3. Jon - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

  4. Rays fan - Feb 16, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    One wonders why he has to go back to Atlanta unless he’s expected to go straight from the MRI/consultation with team physicians to surgery. It’s not like Orlando doesn’t have MRIs too.

  5. frug - Feb 16, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Please God let this twinge be of the “I slept on it wrong” variety.

  6. johnnynewguy - Feb 16, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Not to slap this reporter (D.J. Short) or JBerardi in the face here but if he goes out for awhile the Braves STILL have a surplus of pitching. Lest we forget Kris Medlen who has already been slated to open the season in Triple-AAA just so the Braves can have his arm lengthen out in the event of an injury. That coupled with 6 major league starters was the reason that the Braves traded Javy Vasquez. (Not to mention he hasn’t put up back-to-back winning season since …… ever.)

  7. NJ guy - Feb 16, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    Something can kill optimism even faster than the initials M-R-I, try “visit to Dr James Andrews”

  8. Old Gator - Feb 16, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Back in my day, the antidote was a visit to Dr. Timothy Leary.

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