Jair Jurrjens likely to start Sunday for Braves

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Jair Jurrjens, who missed his start Monday with a knee injury, will likely pitch Sunday, manager Bobby Cox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jurrjens was diagnosed Tuesday with a slight horizontal meniscus tear in his right knee. It sounds like something he can pitch through for the rest of the year and get taken care of surgically if necessary in the offseason. Such a procedure would likely take only a few weeks to recover from.
Jurrjens lost his two starts while pitching with some soreness, leaving him 7-6 with a 4.64 ERA for the season. Brandon Beachy made his major league debut in place of Jurrjens on Monday and allowed three runs — one earned — over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Phillies.
Cox said Beachy would get the nod again if Jurrjens couldn’t pitch Sunday.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.