Braves’ Jurrjens undergoes surgery on right knee

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From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Braves starter Jair Jurrjens underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee Wednesday.

The procedure, done by Dr. James in Andrews in Alabama, was deemed a success.

Jurrjens injured his right knee during a late-September bullpen session and did not make an appearance during the Braves’ short run in the NLDS.  But he should be fine once spring training opens next season and will look to get back to the kind of form that he showed back in 2009, when he ranked third in the National League with a 2.60 ERA over 34 starts.

The 24-year-old turned in a 4.64 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 20 outings this year, fanning 86 batters and walking 42 over 116.1 innings of work.

Michael Brantley has ankle surgery, to be sidelined 4-5 months

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The Cleveland Indians just announced that outfielder Michael Brantley underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery yesterday, aimed at stabilizing ligaments. He’s expected to be able to resume baseball activities in 4-5 months, which is likely to delay the beginning of his 2018 season.

Brantley only played in 90 games for the Indians in 2017, sitting out most of August and all of September, but returning for the postseason. He injured the ankle in a game against the Rockies on August 8 and it never did get quite right, as his 1-for-11 line in the ALDS suggested. On the season as a whole Brantley hit .299/.357/.444 with nine homers and 52 driven in.

Brantley’s contract expires with the 2017 season, but there is a 2018 team option at a relatively reasonable $11 million. While he has only played 101 games in the past two seasons combined due to injuries, his strong performance from 2012-2015, and his status as a team leader, will likely lead the Indians to exercise that option.