Monday, April 4, 2011
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Gwinnett Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens throws during the game against the Durham Bulls on Monday. Jurrjens pitched for the G-Braves as part of his rehab for the Atlanta Braves.
With Mike Minor up in the big leagues to pitch for the injured Jair Jurrjens, the Gwinnett Braves lost their original opening day starter.
Who that will be is still in flux, but Jurrjens will fill in Minor’s shoes on the mound at Coolray Field on Wednesday when the Atlanta Braves’ starting pitcher throws a simulated game at noon. He will face Gwinnett Braves batters in a 75-pitch outing.
Minor is scheduled to pitch the same day for the Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee.
On the disabled list with a sore right torso, the right hander is taking his time to return to the big-league rotation. He only made 20 appearances in an injury-plagued 2010 for Atlanta and didn’t pitch past the early part of September with a right knee injury. In his 20 games, the Curacao native went 7-6 with a 4.64 ERA.
His next appearance could also be at Coolray Field in rehab start for the Gwinnett Braves, depending on the results of Wednesday's outing.
The Gwinnett Braves open their season at home on Thursday against the Durham Bulls at 7 p.m.