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Ready or not, Jair Jurrjens is rejoining the Braves’ rotation

Jun 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Jair Jurrjens AP

Jair Jurrjens is on his way back to the majors two months after being demoted to Triple-A, as Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves will call him up to make Friday’s start against the Red Sox.

Brandon Beachy‘s elbow injury opened the door for Jurrjens’ return, but he hasn’t exactly been impressive at Triple-A. Jurrjens has a 5.27 ERA in nine starts there overall, including two outings in which he allowed double-digit runs, and he gave up four runs in 6.2 innings in his most recent appearance.

Jurrjens has been terrible in the minors and majors since the middle of last season, so the Braves are definitely taking a risk by bringing him back this soon and even Fredi Gonzalez seemed less than convinced that he’s ready to thrive again versus big-leaguer hitters, saying:

He’s made some progress. His velocity has been up there. There’s some separation there with his change-up, so we’re going to give him a shot. He’s been an All-Star, he has the experience. Give him an opportunity again. I’m curious when he comes back to see how he pitches.

Atlanta could have left Jurrjens in the minors and given a spot start to Kris Medlen, but the Braves are choosing to leave him in the bullpen instead. They also could have shifted to a four-man rotation, but Tim Hudson‘s ankle problems make that problematic.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    If he doesn’t work out, I understand that the Rockies are shopping Guthrie. They were turned down by the Jays.

  2. greej1938l - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    All this right after they cut Livan

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Livan Hernandez would have done very little — probably nothing, in fact — to alleviate this situation.

  3. mavajo - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Injuries and regresssions are making a mess of the Braves’ pitching.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      In that statement, you could replace Braves with quite a few teams.

  4. yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    What exactly happened to this guy? Was the guy with the 2.96 era last year his twin brother?

  5. sdelmonte - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Hey, anyone else wonder why the Braves are playing the Yankees AGAIN?

  6. randygnyc - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Really poor performance from the braves this weekend against the Orioles.

  7. Walk - Jun 18, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    The pitching issues the braves have are being compounded by mishandling their rotation at the major league level. Case in point is medlen. He is a control type pitcher who does not have overpowering stuff but is successful because he keeps hitters off balance. He does not have raw stuff or velocity normally seen in a reliever. He recently returned from the minors after being stretched out to start. The braves had a few long and middle opportunities arise where he could have been used while he was gone but they realised his highest value was as a starter. So the bring him back after getting him ready to start… And put him back in the pen. What is going on? At the very least a starter is worth more than relievers start him for a bit and if you need relievers so badly trade him for a couple, a solid starter should net two serviceable relievers. The recent injuries to the pitching staff have highlighted the braves biggest issue and it is poor planning and leadership.

  8. yahmule - Jun 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Kris Medlen can start or relieve and he always maintains a positive team-first attitude. That makes it easy for management to jerk him around. I hope he gets a real chance in an organization that treats him with some respect one of these days.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Medlen is being stretched out in the minors. I believe he will be called up soon to take a spot in the rotation.

      • yahmule - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        He has already been recalled and has been assigned to the bullpen again. That could be subject to change due to Beachey’s injury and Jurrjens’ inability to not suck.

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