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Jair Jurrjens MRI comes back negative; which is a positive

Feb 17, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

Good news from Atlanta: Jair Jurrjens’ MRI results are back and there is no structural damage in his shoulder:

Jurrjens said that the Braves doctors didn’t give him a specific
timetable about when he could start pitching again.  But he’s under the
impression that he could begin a throwing program within the next few
days and still be in line to be ready to make his first
scheduled regular season start.

“It’s
a big relief,” Jurrjens said.  “I wasn’t worried.  But any time they
start talking about having to have an MRI, it’s not something you want
to hear.”

As a Braves fan who was doing everything he could to talk himself into Kris Medlen in the 2010 rotation, I share his relief.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Well, you know, there’s still such a thing as mental damage to his shoulder. I mean, since there’s nothing structural, he must have fantasized the whole episode, right? Craig, I hate to break the news to you, but C. G. Jung, during his brief visit to the US (lovingly documented in Doctorow’s Ragtime), visited with Dr. Andrews and, much like Jeb Bush with Terri Schiavo, after listening to a game or two on the radio diagnosed fantasy shoulder pain as a precursor to the complex he described as die Sache in Mysterium Coniunctionis (Collected Works, Bollingen Series, Princeton UP, ed. Joseph Campbell). It’s an archetype, which, if I recall my readings in Biblical typology, was one of the two Blicksenderfers that Noah carried with him on the arch…er…or something like that. He kept the two of them right next to each other but, unlike fishes and loaves, he still had only two archetypewriters when the boat got impaled on Mt. Ararat. Or something.

  2. ecp - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Mental damage? Well, sometimes doctors do think it’s all in your head. But “no structural damage” on an MRI can sometimes mean “we just don’t see the structural damage.” I went through seven years of shoulder pain, injections, therapy, rest, and negative MRIs; when I finally found a doctor who believed it wasn’t in my head, I had the surgery. One subacromial decompression with extensive debridement later, the bone spurs that weren’t visible on MRI are gone and I’m pain free.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    I just drink a bottle of Acai juice every morning. Not only are my shoulders fine, but I have become lucid whereas before I used to rave incoherently and blog even worse. Can’t beat it.

  4. smsetnor - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Now breathe indeed. There was a collective sigh of relief through The A today.

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