Jair Jurrjens got the call in the Braves grapefruit league opener against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fl. Unfortunately for Atlanta, he wasn’t sharp and struggled early, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in 2 innings in the Braves eventual 5-4 loss to the Tigers.
Jurrjens, who was facing his former organization who traded him to Atlanta for shortstop Edgar Renteria after the 2007 season, failed to exact revenge against the Tigers as he lacked good command of his pitches. Despite his shaky start, Jurrjens seemingly has plenty of time to make the necessary adjustments to be ready by the start of the season.
The right-hander opted not to play for his native country The Netherlands in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, instead staying in camp with the Braves.
Jurrjens is coming off a strong rookie season that saw him win 13 games with a staff high 188-1/3 innings pitched. Jurrjens finished an impressive 3rd in the National League Rookie of the Year race.