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.
NEW YORK — With star outfielder Adam Jones nursing a tender hamstring, the Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of Julio Borbon from Double-A Bowie and optioned pitcher Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk.
Borbon was inserted in the starting lineup for Baltimore, batting ninth against hard-throwing New York Yankees rookie Chad Green.
“We had some other center field options,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Borbon is our best option at this point.”
Jones left Friday’s game in the second inning with a left hamstring strain. He departed the previous night’s game at Washington in the ninth inning with hamstring cramps and aggravated the injury hustling down the first base line on a soft grounder to third.
“I got a feeling that if he hadn’t had that first swinging bunt, it might not have been a problem,” Showalter indicated. “He’s not going to trot to first base as much as I talked to him about it before the game.”
Although Jones was unable to talk his way into Saturday’s lineup, Showalter speculated that he might be available to pinch-hit.
The 30-year old Borbon was 2 for 9 in five games with the Orioles earlier this season, but was designated for assignment on July 26. To create room for Borbon on the 40-man roster, pitcher Logan Ondrusek was designated for assignment on Friday.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.