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No Shoulder Damage for Braves' Jair Jurrjens

NEW YORK - AUGUST 19:  Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the New York Mets on August 19, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Daria Del CollianoContributor IFebruary 18, 2010

The Braves got the best news possible on Jair Jurrjens’ ailing right shoulder.

An MRI that was conducted on Wednesday showed no signs of structural damage in Jurrjens’ throwing shoulder and the Braves right-hander was instead diagnosed with a mild case of inflammation.

The Braves' team orthopedist, Dr. Xavier Duralde, has recommended a week of rest for Jurrjens before he can start throwing again.

Jurrjens, who began throwing in December, believes this minor setback shouldn’t put him that far behind other Braves pitchers who are set to arrive in camp tomorrow.

While the Braves publicly stated Jurrjens’ MRI was no cause for concern and just a precautionary move, Jurrjens himself can now rest easy in preparation for the new season.

It is believed the type of soreness that Jurrjens is suffering from is nothing more than the routine discomfort some pitchers feel after they resume throwing following an offseason.

At age 24, Jurrjens is one of baseball’s best young pitchers and rising stars.

In just his second full season in the majors last year, and an oft victim of poor run support, Jurrjens still managed to post a 14-10 record with a 2.60 ERA, third lowest in the National League.

The Braves expect Jurrjens to figure prominently in their quest to return to the postseason this year.

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