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Jair Jurrjens to Have MRI on Pitching Shoulder

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIFebruary 16, 2010

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)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

So much for being a good employee. Sometimes it pays to be like George Costanza.

Atlanta Braves ace Jair Jurrjens came to camp early and will leave just as early.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ’s Dave O’Brien, Jurrjens has left camp and will undergo an MRI on his pitching shoulder after complaining of mild soreness on Monday.

This is kind of like entering the Royal Rumble at No. 1 and being eliminated before No. 3 comes out. Thanks for playing.

I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but if anything were to happen to Jurrjens for an extended period of time, it would be a big blow to the Braves. After having a Cy Young-caliber year last year, Jurrjens is expected to lead the Braves' deep starting rotation in 2010.

The 24-year-old righty went 14-10 last year with a 2.60 ERA in 215 innings.

As soon as there is any additional information in regards to this situation, I will update this post.

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