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Braves still hopeful Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson will return this season

Sep 5, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

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The composition of the Braves’ postseason rotation could go a variety of ways depending upon how much progress Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens make over the next three weeks.

While Hanson is currently sidelined with a small undersurface rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder, it sounds like he’s a lot closer to returning than Jurrjens. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hanson reported no discomfort after throwing from a distance of 120 feet Monday. He is at least one week away from a rehab start, but hopes to make one or two starts with the Braves before the regular season comes to a close.

The news isn’t nearly as rosy for Jurrjens. While Dr. Richard Steadman in Colorado confirmed the original diagnosis of a bone bruise in his right knee and ruled out any structural damage, the right-hander was advised to not throw off a mound for two weeks. The Braves haven’t ruled him out, but this would seem to give him little time to prepare in order to be a part of the NLDS roster. Jurrjens had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee last October and missed the playoffs.

The Braves currently have Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe and Brandon Beachy as locks for the postseason rotation and would likely fill the fourth spot with rookie left-hander Mike Minor if Jurrjens and Hanson are unable to return.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Judging by the way Lowe is pitching Craig must on his fainting couch contemplating he might be on the postseason rotation if these guys can’t make it back.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 5, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Braves – Jurrgens – Hanson + Giants out of playoffs = Phillies 2011 National League Champs.

  3. mojosmagic - Sep 5, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    The Braves care nothing about their players! They send guys out to play hurt and they abuse their young pitchers. Venters and Kimbrel have been over used to the point neither will ever see a big pay day. The Braves philosophy must be pitch them to dear while we don ‘t have to pay them. Freeman can’t even walk let alone run yet he is out there playing. Hanson, Jurrjens, Sherrill all have serious issues that the Braves management is down playing. Last year the Braves ended the season looking like a mash unit and I see more if the same. Shame on how little the Braves care about their players.

  4. Kevin S. - Sep 5, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Who knows if FrediFail will actually do it, but Mike Minor should be ahead of Derek Lowe in the post-season pecking order, especially against a lefty-loaded team like Philly. Assuming he comes back healthy, Hanson-Hudson-Beachy-Minor is still a formidable foursome.

  5. cowartsh - Sep 5, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    mojo seriously stfu you have no idea what youre talking about

  6. macjacmccoy - Sep 5, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Wow. Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe, Brandon Beachy, and Mike Minor. That has to be incredibly scary and depressing for Braves fans. 162 Games as the second best team (far behind the 1st) in the NL to have to have it all come down to those four being able to stop the red hot Brewers and Ricky Weeks, Corey Hart, Nyjer Morgan, Casey McGehee, Ryan Braun, and Prince Fielder. While being able to better them against Randy Wolf 3.58 era/1.30 Whip/113 K, Shaun Marcum 3.11 era/1.09 Whip/143 K, Yovani Gallardo 3.68 era/1.27 Whip/ 166K, and Zack Greinke 4.00 era/(2.41 since the break) 1.17Whip/168 K. in a short series.

    It seems almost unfair. Someone upstairs must really love teasing the Braves. 15 or so Divisions Championships in a row and 1 World Series. 334 games of great baseball over 2 seasons only to run into a buzz saw in the 1st round. Its almost like its by design. And people say there is no God.

  7. mojosmagic - Sep 6, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Cow seriously did I hit a raw nerve? Truth does hurt. Instead of being a vile little man tell me what isn’t true? Use and abuse is the Braves motto because they don’t generate enough revenue with their lousy fan support. Now u STFU!

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