The Atlanta Braves were forced to send Jair Jurrjens down to Triple-A Gwinnett after he posted a 9.37 ERA in four starts, but his command issues have followed him to the minors, causing a good bit of concern in the Braves organization.
Jurrjens got everyone excited when he threw eight shutout innings against Rochester last Sunday, but he dissipated that just as quickly Friday when he gave up six runs on 12 hits and three homers to Charlotte.
That outing jacked up his ERA to 5.56 in his seven starts in Gwinnett. The Braves, meanwhile, are stuck with his $5.5 million contract, and with Jurrjens, a Scott Boras client, eligible for arbitration after this season, the unfortunate likelihood that he could be non-tendered is looming.
The Braves front office has also said that once he pitches with consistency, he will join the club in Atlanta again.
"We made it clear to him and his representative that as soon as he pitches to his capabilities, we want him back in the big leagues," Braves general manager Frank Wren said.
Jurrjens, however, told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that he sensed something different when Kris Medlen was sent to Gwinnett to be converted to a starter.
"It just shows me what I mean to them," Jurrjens said. "It doesn't feel good, but that's OK. It's business."
Maybe if Jurrjens worried less about what the front office was doing and more about hitting his spots, he would find himself back in the starting rotation.
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