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Braves place Jair Jurrjens on the DL

May 5, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

Jair Jurrjens pitch.jpgBraves starter Jair Jurrjens has been placed on the
disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He actually did it last Thursday and had been hoping it was but a scratch — a flesh wound, if you will — but it’s not getting better.

Atlanta will move Kris Medlen, who has a 2.70 ERA and 15/3 K/BB
ratio in 11 relief appearances, into Jurrjens spot in the rotation.  Medlen is a starter by trade and if there is any justice in the world he’ll be staying around the rotation to replace Kenshin Kawakami or Derek Lowe after Jurrjens comes back. No, the Braves aren’t likely to make such a move based on Lowe or Kawakami’s performance. I’m just hoping that they each come down with some kind of malady that is serious enough to keep them from pitching but does not affect their health in any other way and goes away the exact moment their contracts with the Braves expire, allowing them to happily ply their trade for other teams.

Craig Kimbrel will be called up from
Gwinnett to take Jurrjens’ place on the roster. Kimbrel has a ton of velocity and many people figure he could close one day, but he has a ton of control issues too. At this point he is best deployed to bean the opposing team’s mascot at key strategic points in close ballgames.

Oh, and at this point I feel it necessary to apologize to Jason from IIATMS for telling him this spring that he should keep Jurrjens on his fantasy team because he’s “straight money” or some such nonsense.  But then again, what did he expect me to say?

  1. carlos - May 5, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    YEAH, JJ is on my fantasy team too. So much for that. Speaking of, yahoo needs to update their site so I can sign someone to fill his place.

  2. APBA Guy - May 5, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Exhibit A for overuse. Not so much from 2008 to 2009, but from 2007 to 2008, when he went up, at age 22 from 140 IP at Detroit (MLB and minors) to 188 (Atlanta) in 2008, then 218 in 2009 at Atlanta. That 30% increase from 2007 to 2008 didn’t show up in 2009, but it’s apparent this year with his multiple knicks already (shoulder in Spring training, velo loss early this season).
    You have to figure the hamstring is compensation for the shoulder and resulting decreased velocity. But since no MLB club is forthcoming with its injury information, I should have to caveat everything here as conjecture, speculation, and guessing. But that’s all we’ve got.

  3. frug - May 5, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Man that Javier Vazquez trade is looking more and more like a lose-lose everyday. At least no one can claim that got the better end of that deal.

  4. Alex K - May 6, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    That’s what Jason gets for asking fantasy advice from you!

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