Jair Jurrjens expected to be placed on the disabled list

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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.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.