Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens began feeling discomfort in the left side of his body during the final week of spring training. Now it has carried over into the regular season.
From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that, in somewhat expected news, Jurrjens has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an oblique injury and will miss his first scheduled start of 2011.
The move was made retroactive to March 25 and the Braves are confident that Jurrjens isn’t going to need more than another week or two to get back to 100 percent health. He already has a minor league rehab start scheduled for April 11 at Triple-A Gwinnett and should be able to resurface in the bigs by April 16.
Mike Minor, who allowed only one run in 10 innings this spring and was rated as a Top 40 prospect this winter by Baseball America, will fill in Wednesday against the Brewers. The Braves are in good hands.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.