According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves are prepared to go the precautionary route and place Jair Jurrjens on the disabled list with an injury to his right side. They aren’t expected to make an official announcement until he throws a side session tomorrow.
The Braves have been shooting for Jurrjens to make his season debut on Wednesday, but if they backdate his DL-stint, he could be back as soon as next Saturday against the Phillies.
Jurrjens hasn’t thrown off a mound since leaving a Grapefruit League start on March 24 with soreness in his side. If he can’t go Wednesday, look for the Braves to call up Mike Minor to make the start. The 23-year-old Minor lost the fifth starter job to Brandon Beachy during spring training.
Jurrjens, 24, posted a 4.64 ERA over 116 1/3 innings last season. He was limited to just 20 starts due to a left hamstring injury and a right knee injury which eventually required surgery.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.