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The Braves demote Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A

Apr 24, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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Shoulda sold high.

The Braves demoted Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett last night after he gave up five runs on nine hits in three innings to the Dodgers. It was the worst in a series of bad starts to kick off the season for Jurrjens, who now stands with a 9.37 ERA and has given up 30 hits and has walked ten in 16.1 innings.

While he has been effective — sometimes quite effective — at times over the past couple of years, Jurrjens has always lived on the edge due to a low strikeout rate. This, combined with wear and tear of a couple of injury-marred seasons and overall workload is likely catching up with him.  The Braves probably realized this at some point in the past year, as there have been frequent rumors that they were shopping him.

Now, however, he’s pretty unshoppable. The best they can hope for is that he turns it around in Gwinnett enough to where it makes sense to showcase him for a trade again.  That is, if he gets the chance.  Tim Hudson is going to be activated soon and will fall into a rotation that doesn’t have much room for Jurrjens. So it could be a while before we see him again.

  1. biasedhomer - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    I always considered him fool’s gold.
    But Braves couldn’t accept this truth and considered him an ace just because he had a sub 3.00 ERA

  2. El Bravo - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Good riddance. He’s been awful.

  3. mybrunoblog - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Good point. The Braves should have dealt him when he had value. On the other hand the guy speaks 4 languages so if this baseball thing doesn’t work out I see a bright future for him in telemarketing.

  4. philliesblow - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Considering the giant skid mark left in Detroit by Edgar Renteria, the Braves still got the better of the deal.

  5. mrwillie - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    It is much easier, in hindsight, so sit back and say they should have traded him high. He was the second best pitcher in the NL and the Braves were heading towards a potential division championship at that point. Who trades in that scenario? Not many.

    Sending him down is best at this point, let him try and work it out in AAA. The potential is there. The potential trades aren’t anymore, but the Braves are loaded with pitching prospects.

    • foreverchipper10 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      While that is a valid point everyone knew he was pitching out of his ass during that stretch. What he was doing was not indicative of what he can capably sustain throughout a season. While it may have been odd to see him moved it would have been the right call last year to sell when there was no way his stock could be higher.

  6. ryanherrington - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Suddenly whatever the Orioles were offering for Jurjens and Prado looks amazing . . .

    • DJ MC - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Yet another example: whenever the Braves call you with a trade offer, hang up.

  7. bigleagues - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I have zero inside info on this, but looking at the way the Braves rotation is lining up for the next 7 days, I think the ‘corresponding move’ could be Julio Teheran.

    Teheran last pitched one week ago tonight. Gwinnett Braves rotation is set for the next 3 days . . . and Teheran’s next Start has yet to be announced.

    Hudson goes tonight, which would line him up perfectly for a Sunday match-up likely to be Eric Bedard (on 6-days due to rain out and Thursday Off-day and if they don’t skip someone).

    With an Off-day on Thursday, Hanson’s next Start will be on Friday on 5-days rest.

    That leaves Saturday Start – possibly against Burnett – up in the air. It could certainly go to Delgado but it remains at least intriguing that nothing has yet been announced about Teheran’s next Start.

    • bigleagues - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      OK, well the corresponding move is RP Cory Gearrin which is likely just depth until Hudson comes up for Sunday.

      Now I’m really intrigued to know whats happening with Teheran!

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