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Jair Jurrjens to visit knee specialist this weekend

Sep 1, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT

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MLB.com beat writer Mark Bowman suggested Thursday morning that Jair Jurrjens‘ recent struggles might be attributed to lingering discomfort in the young starter’s troublesome right knee.

It turns out Bowman was right.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported about one hour ago that Jurrjens is scheduled to visit knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman this weekend in Vail, Colorado.

The Braves are confident that Jurrjens does not have any structural damage in his right knee because an MRI taken Wednesday revealed only a bone bruise. Rather, they’re hoping that the visit will yield new treatment options. And maybe an assurance that the 25-year-old right-hander will be back to his old dominant self by the time the postseason arrives.

Jurrjens posted an ugly 6.17 ERA in four August starts and will likely have to be skipped on his next turn through the Braves’ starting rotation, but he was one of baseball’s best pitchers during the first half of this season and will try to get back in the groove before the beginning of October.

The Braves hold an eight-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card standings.

  1. bigleagues - Sep 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Clearly he is damaged goods right now.

    Anyone who saw him pitched before the AS break and since can see that he is having trouble commanding his pitches and keeping the ball down.

    If Jair can’t keep the ball down, he is a batting tee.

  2. cleverbob - Sep 2, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Dr. Steadman reviewed the preliminary MR images and concluded that they were murky at best.

  3. FC - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Wow cur, if you read this, that “asset” Craig has sure works fast! :D

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