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Braves haven’t discussed Jair Jurrjens returning to majors

May 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Jair Jurrjens has allowed just three runs in 15 innings at Triple-A since being demoted to the minors last month, but the Braves haven’t given any thought to his return.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez made it clear that Jurrjens was sent to the minors as a demotion, rather than as a rehab assignment, telling David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Without making this sound cruel, he’s a minor league player right now.”

Gonzalez admitted that “nobody wants to have $5.5 million sitting down in Triple-A” and said reports from the minor-league coaching staff have been positive, but added that Jurrjens will only return “when he’s ready and we think he’s ready.”

In other words, it might be a while after the 26-year-old right-hander coughed up 17 runs in 16 innings to begin the season after injuries caused him to miss all of September last year.

  1. El Bravo - May 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    You’ll sit in the minors and like it, JJ!

  2. biasedhomer - May 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    This is no logical, you have Mike Minor just sucking, might as well try Jurrjens. Minor belongs in the pen anyway.

  3. js20011041 - May 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Braves should have sold high. Of course, the inability to get maximum value out of Jurrjens is probably inconsequential when taken in context with an ownership group that is unwilling to spend money and the employment of a god awful manager.

    • biasedhomer - May 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      They did shop him, but teams knew his numbers were not sustainable, he is more of a middle of the rotation type pitcher. The Braves wanted more value than that for him, but no team would bite.

  4. Old Gator - May 8, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    It’s too bad managers don’t get sent down too when they manage like crap. Maybe then Fat Fredi would show his players a little more encouragement, a little more respect, and perhaps even give some thought to the recurring lapses, peccadilloes and misjudgments that have now made him such a halfassed excuse for a field general for two different teams.

  5. bravesfan111 - May 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    JJ should come back up now. He is just going through a little slump. I don’t believe he can sustain what he did before the all star break last year, but he’s at the very least a third starter in the rotation. Besides Beachy has been the only solid starter. Tim Hudson isn’t in his groove since his return and Tommy Hanson hasn’t exactly been lighting the league on fire either. So bring him back up.

  6. APBA Guy - May 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    He’ll likely do 2-3 more starts in the minors. After that, if he’s still at 1.80 and he doesn’t come up, then there’s a problem with Brave’s management that’s even greater than we thought was already the case.

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