02/15/10 11:40 PM EST
Jurrjens to have MRI on right shoulder
Braves hurler experienced soreness after throwing at camp
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
Braves general manager Frank Wren confirmed that Jurrjens is scheduled to undergo an MRI in Atlanta this week. The 24-year-old experienced the shoulder soreness while throwing at the club's Spring Training headquarters at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida last week.
The Braves are hopeful that Jurrjens is simply dealing with normal soreness and has not sustained structural damage to the shoulder. The young right-hander is expected to be a key member of a rotation that lost Javier Vazquez via trade in December.
Jurrjens has combined to go 27-20 with a 3.10 ERA in the 65 starts he has made for the Braves the past two seasons. While avoiding a sophomore slump last season, the Curacao native went 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA.
When Jurrjens completed 188 1/3 innings in 2008, he admittedly felt some fatigue down the stretch. He had never previously thrown more than 143 1/3 innings in a professional season.
Utilizing some of the conditioning tips provided by John Smoltz, Jurrjens didn't show any signs of fatigue while completing 215 innings in 2009. He allowed two earned runs or less in 26 of his 34 starts and posted a 0.97 ERA in the 37 innings that comprised his final five starts.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.