Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens has been solid in two starts since being demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett, but he’s still not ready to return to the major leagues, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
“It wasn’t like he was going down on a rehab assignment or something,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Without making it sound cruel, he’s a minor league player right now. He’s doing his part. Hopefully, that continues.”
Jurrjens posted a 9.37 ERA in his first four regular-season starts; Braves sent him down to Gwinnett on April 24. He’s been better in two starts down in the minors, posting an ERA of 1.80 and an opponents’ batting average of .176, but it’s not enough to earn him a return trip to Atlanta.
The Braves are looking for Jurrjens to work on the command of his fastball, which has lacked velocity since the young hurler came down with a knee injury toward the end of the 2010 season.