Jurrjens getting closer to return
Injured Braves righty likely to throw BP on Sunday
LOS ANGELES -- Braves righty Jair Jurrjens threw 25 pitches and used his complete repertoire Friday afternoon in a batting-practice session at Dodger Stadium."Everything was OK. We'll see how he feels tomorrow," pitching coach Roger McDowell said. "But, tentatively, he'll throw another batting practice [on Sunday]." Jurrjens has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring since April 30. He was nearing a return in mid-May when he aggravated his hamstring running in Milwaukee. Jurrjens' pitch count will increase slightly for Sunday's potential BP session, McDowell said. "I'm just trying to build my arm strength," Jurrjens said. "You're not going to just throw me out there in the game and try to go eight or nine innings." Jurrjens has missed 32 games, which includes the Braves' takeover of first place in the National League East and their current nine-game winning streak. "It's definitely hard when you want to be a part of a team and help them win," Jurrjens said. Jurrjens is 0-3 with a 6.58 ERA in five starts. He battled shoulder inflammation in the spring.
Chipper misses second straight game
LOS ANGELES -- Braves slugger Chipper Jones said the inflammation in his right ring finger felt no better on Friday, and he was held out of the lineup for a second straight game."I still feel pain when it bends either way," Jones said. "I'm still getting treatments today and I'll see what they say." Jones could need a cortisone shot in the coming days. He said he was not going to take batting practice on Friday and that it was difficult to throw the ball on Thursday. Manager Bobby Cox did not think Jones would need to go to the disabled list, but Jones didn't rule out the possibility. "I would imagine we would probably wait to see if we get the shot whether or not I can help off the bench for the time being," Jones said. "But if I can't, there's only so long you can wait before you need another body." Jones has been receiving contrast treatment, which exposes the finger to alternately hot and cold temperatures, and he has also been receiving cortisone through a pad, avoiding a direct shot. The injury pulled Jones out of Wednesday's game against the Phillies in Atlanta. He thinks it's a stress injury, caused by the three-fingered way he holds the bat with his little finger tucked under the knob. He's felt the pain before in his career, but it has usually dissipated. It's exacerbated when he faces left-handers because his right hand is then his bottom hand on the bat and receives more direct impact from contact.
McCann takes a breather vs. lefty Kershaw
LOS ANGELES -- David Ross started in place of Brian McCann at catcher for the Braves on Friday against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw."Just a day off," McCann said. McCann, a left-handed hitter, is 1-for-12 in the past four days and is batting .248 on the season. He has never faced Kershaw. Ross sees most of his at-bats against left-handers, and for good reason: He's batting .357 with a .455 on-base percentage against them. Ross is batting .283 with 11 RBIs and no homers in 19 games overall.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.