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.
Angels DH Albert Pujols smacked his 597th career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning during Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rays. The blast was off of Erasmo Ramirez and marked No. 6 on the season for the future Hall of Famer.
Pujols finished 1-for-3 with the homer and a walk. After Wednesday’s game, he’s hitting a lackluster .244/.296/.378 with 34 RBI and 14 runs scored in 186 trips to the plate.
Pujols currently ranks ninth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard and is three shy of joining the 600-homer club. He’s currently 13 home runs away from tying Sammy Sosa for eighth all-time.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s outing against the Rangers with at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, tying a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. He failed do break the record, racking up only six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Fortunately, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to put him in line for the win. Sale gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.
After Wednesday’s outing, Sale is sitting on a 2.34 ERA with a 101/14 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. So far, so good for the Red Sox, who acquired Sale from the White Sox in December.
Sale previously racked up 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive games between May 23 and June 30 in 2015 with the White Sox. Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat for the Red Sox between August 19 and September 27 in 1999.