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Jair Jurrjens rocked for 11 runs in Triple-A start

May 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Last week manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed that the Braves hadn’t even given any thought to recalling Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A, saying: “Without making this sound cruel, he’s a minor league player right now.”

At the time Jurrjens had put together three straight impressive outings, but that all unraveled last night as he got rocked for 11 runs in 4.2 innings, serving up two homers among 12 total hits.

Jurrjens was an All-Star last season before injuries derailed him and is currently being paid $5.5 million to pitch in the minors, but even as Mike Minor gets knocked around in the Braves’ rotation it’s clear he won’t be back in Atlanta any time soon.

  1. illegalblues - May 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    looks like the league caught up to him

  2. Loose Changeup - May 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    So instead of an Adam Jones trade, would you be interested in Endy Chavez?

  3. foreverchipper10 - May 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Well that puts an end to the thought I had of Jurrjens replacing Minor. Good. I would prefer a struggling Minor as he figures things out than JJ.

  4. Walk - May 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Minor seems to be having trouble locating a breaking pitch. Fastball and change look like they are hitting their spots for him most nights. Contrast that with jj who looks to have lost a little velocity but is throwing strikes. Unfortunately while jj is getting strikes he is missing corners so he is vulnerable all game. Minor i would say is vulnerable second or third time through because he cant locate a third pitch very well and teams seem to be waiting on a fastball. I believe the braves and minor would benefit by swapping medlen and minor. Medlen to the rotation and minor to the pen.

    • bravojawja - May 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      Carroll Rogers (filling in for O’Brien) has more specifics in their blog. Basically, Minor is having problems pitching out of the stretch. With the bases empty, hitters are batting .226; with runners on, they’re hitting .422. No good can come from putting Minor in the pen and bringing him in a game with runners on.

      http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2012/05/17/braves-practicing-patience-with-minor/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_braves_blog

  5. bamatitanrex - May 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    From what I heard at least 4 of those runs were the result of a dropped routine fly ball.

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