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Jurrjens struggles as Braves drop grapefruit league opener…

Jurrjens warming up in the 'pen

Jurrjens warming up in the 'pen

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.


Braves come to terms with Glavine

As expected, the Atlanta Braves re-signed veteran pitcher Tom Glavine to a one-year, incentive-laden contract that could net Glavine up to $4.5 million dollars this season. The Braves announced the signing on Friday. Glavine is expected to be fully recovered from off-season arm surgery and barring any setbacks should be ready to pitch in Spring Training and start the season as the club’s fifth starter.

Glavine now joins Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vazquez and Kenshin Kawakami in what could prove to be a potentially strong Braves rotation. While Glavine is baseball’s only active 300-game winner, he isn’t expected to carry the new Braves rotation like he had done in past years. At this stage in his career and nearing retirement, Glavine appears happy to defer to a new breed of Braves starters who are hoping to bring back the years of pitching excellence and dominance in Atlanta. Glavine, who is the only remaining member of Atlanta’s vaunted “Big Three”, figured prominently in the Braves legendary past rotations that were the backbone of the team’s long running success.

It now appears Glavine will be able to finish his storied career where it all began. Welcome back to Atlanta, Tommy. We’re happy to have you.



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