Jair Jurrjens told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he doesn’t think he will be ready to make his next scheduled start on Saturday.
“If I had to make a decision today, no,” Jurrjens said Tuesday afternoon
before the Braves opened a three-game series with the Nationals. “I
still feel it. I’m not going to risk making it worse by going out there
and trying to do something and miss more than a couple of days. It’s not
Jurrjens left last Thursday’s start against the Cardinals after just one inning due to a strained left hamstring. The Braves hoped that an extra day of rest would do the truck, but considering that Jurrjens doesn’t even think he’d be able to throw a bullpen session in preparation for the outing, it’s time that they formulate a backup plan.
With that in mind, manager Bobby Cox told Rogers that the Braves could look towards a spot-starter like Kris Medlen or Jonny Venters or decide to pluck someone from Triple-A Gwinnett. It doesn’t sound like a DL stint is a consideration for Jurrjens at this time, though that could change if they are forced to make a roster move.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.