Jair Jurrjens tweaked his right knee during a bullpen session Friday night and chose not to inform the Braves of the discomfort until it lingered into Saturday. The 24-year-old right-hander showed some improvement with his mobility Sunday.
This makes me feel slightly less good about tonight. Arggggghhhhhhhh.
Jair Jurrjens’ sore knee led the Braves to summon prospect Brandon Beachy to Philadelphia in case he was needed to make his major league debut with an emergency start Monday night against the Phillies.
Agreed, Steve – especially that it was Diaz, but great even if not.
Hey, here’s a HILARIOUS e-mail I received from the Braves today: “I want to invite you to join us on Friday, October 1st for a special State of the Team Address with our Vice President and General Manager, Frank Wren. As the Braves prepare for the final home stand against the Phillies, who better to join us than the man who put this talented team together?
We will be hosting this event at the Turner Field Right Field Patio, located outside the concourse at Section 129. Please remember that you will need a ticket to the game in order to attend this fun event. Food and refreshments will be available starting at 5:35 pm, while the main presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.”
It sucks. It sucks. And it sucks. But, the team did not lie down and die tonight. They showed signs that this thing isn’t over and that we’re going to fight these last few weeks. And Derrek Lee is starting to catch up to the fastball.
Look at this murderers row the Phils have had to face as they’ve run away with the division:
For the eighth straight game, an opposing starting pitcher failed to pitch beyond five innings against the Phillies. Add Braves rookie Mike Minor to the esteemed list of Brandon Beachy, Yunesky Maya, Jordan Zimmermann, Jason Marquis, Jorge Sosa, Adalberto Mendez, and Andrew Miller.
The other problem with this series is that the Phillies are better than us. I convinced myself otherwise heading into Monday, but when middle relief is the only part of your team that compares favorably …
My favorite college football team is the best in the land. It’s a weird transition, going from the cringing, clawing, hope-against-hope feeling of watching your little baseball struggle against the odds to find a window for getting in with the big boys of the NL, knowing that even if they do, at the end of that road is the 250 million dollar Yankees… to watching your team sit atop all the headlines and dominate opponents, building an amazing team on (relatively) equal footing with the other teams in the country.
Why why why is McOut in Left Field? Are Diaz and Hinske and everybody else locked out of the ballpark? I meant to ask last night, but was too disappointed to type. Watching on the big screen at the trivia bar makes losses so much worse.
That throw was so brutal. And he didn’t even try to gun it. I mean, WTF?!?!? I suppose it was better than all his non-throws from earlier in the year, but to look like you’re not even trying … Frustrated.
It’s not moral victories. It’s looking for an indication that we have anything left in the tank to win 6 or 7 of the remaining 9. And I think this series showed, at least, that they’re not quitting, the bullpen is still amazing and maybe the team can hit when they’re not facing Hamels, Halladay and Oswalt.
I’m not saying we look like we can make any noise in the playoffs, but I really want to get there to see what kind of magic might happen.
Hadn’t a chance until tonight to listen to the Johnson interview, and my cable being out led me to taking the time. So good, fellas. Could Ernie Johnson have been more affable? Just a delight – great work.
As disappointed as I am in our boys (the players…not YOU boys), I am looking forward to seeing live baseball again on Monday. I’m a-gonna miss it in the off season. GO Braves!!
Soooooo…do we think we can hang on to the WC? Who are Padres/ Giants facing? Any news on JJ? Trying to get my baseball bearings back after two weeks in a cloud. Curt, the honeymoon’s not over but Prado needs a rest. I’ll volunteer to nurse him back to health.
Getting your bearings back: The Braves are two up in the WC, the Padres and the Rox are scuffling as bad or worse than we are and yes, I think the WC is very much for the taking. The latest on JJ is that he should be able to go on Sunday, based on the severity of the injury. I’ve seen nothing in the past day or two about any bullpen sessions or anything like that.
Steve, hate to be a stickler, but we are .5 a game up on the Padres right now for the WC. They and the Giants keep flip flopping for the West lead.
To me the game tonight will be very telling. Facing Zimmerman who has been getting blasted his last 4 starts. Playing in front of maybe 40k fewer fans than were in Philly. But these games mean just as much. Hudson’s going. We have to win this game in a large fashion. A sweep of the Mets and Nats around the debacle in Philly would almost salvage something.
I need a moment to brag: my kid had 3 hits (one being a swinging bunt, which means he’s super fast), scored twice and got 2 outs today…one 5-3 and the other 8-4. He was in center which in my humble opinion shows his understanding the importance of getting the lead runner. I love baseball so much more than soccer.
This is from my brother to me yesterday…encouragement for our playoff hopes!
The Braves are just plain painful to watch. Losing Chipper and Kris Medlen and trading away Escobar and the sparkplug Gregor Blanco started us downhill. Tim Hudson’s arm is tired. jurrjens is now hurt. It’s pitiful. I watched the game last night-awful…spanked around by the last place Nationals…we suck…and the sad thing is there’s a really good chance we could still make the playoffs. But if we do, we’ll get bounced embarrassingly in the first round
Does our inability to beat the Nats and Pirates have any impact on us making the playoffs? These are like scrimmages, right?
A choke of epic proportions. We’ve lost 13 games in the standings in a month and a half. Is EOF hurt? Venters hasn’t gotten anyone out in a month and yet Bobby refuses to bring in another lefthander? Sad close.