More knee problems send Jair Jurrjens back to disabled list

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Jair Jurrjens missed the end of last season following surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, which makes it doubly concerning that the Braves have placed him on the disabled list with a strain in the same knee.

To replace him in the rotation the Braves called up Mike Minor, who’ll start tomorrow against the Mets.

Jurrjens spent the beginning of this season on the DL with an oblique injury, but he’s been fantastic since returning in mid-April with a 12-4 record and 2.63 ERA in 20 starts. However, he’s struggled in three of his last four starts, allowing 16 runs in 23 innings as his ERA rose from 1.87 to 2.63.

Minor is certainly a capable short-term replacement, but losing Jurrjens for a significant length of time would be a big blow to the Braves’ chances of hanging on to the Wild Card lead down the stretch.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.