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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