Last week all indications were that Jair Jurrjens’ knee problems would sideline him through at least the first round of the playoffs, but yesterday manager Fredi Gonzalez “left open the possibility” that he might be cleared to pitch in the NLDS. If the Braves make the playoffs, of course.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Jurrjens threw 44 pitches in an instructional league game Saturday and according to Gonzalez “he did OK.”
If healthy Jurrjens would certainly be in the Braves’ playoff rotation, but he hasn’t started a game since August 30 and posted a 5.88 ERA in the second half before being shut down with a bone bruise.
Gonzalez has said previously that he won’t start a pitcher in the playoffs unless they’re able to start a regular season game first, but O’Brien speculates that may no longer be the case because “desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures.”