04/18/12 6:30 PM ET
Jurrjens frustrated by lack of consistency
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
"One inning I had it and one inning I didn't," Jurrjens said. "I'm not consistent, and I'm getting a little frustrated right now. The ball is coming out good. I'm just not getting the results I want."
After working a perfect first inning, Jurrjens allowed Ike Davis to hit a 90-mph fastball over the right-center-field wall to begin the second inning. He issued three walks and allowed a David Wright double in the two-run third inning. Then after a perfect fourth, he saw his fifth-inning trouble begin with Kirk Nieuwenhuis' leadoff double.
Jurrjens has been on a downward spiral since entering last year's All-Star break with a National League-best 1.87. His troublesome right knee doomed him during the second half of the 2011 season, ultimately sidelining him in September.
Though he has continuously said the knee has not been a problem, Jurrjens has struggled since the start of Spring Training. He gave the Braves some comfort by ending the exhibition season with two solid starts against split-squad Astros clubs.
But he has posted an 8.10 ERA and seen opponents hit .362 against him over his first three starts of the season.
"I'm fighting myself and I'm trying to do too much," Jurrjens said. "I'm not really having fun. I just need to go out there, pitch my game and let my team help me."
Chipper rests with hopes of staying healthy
ATLANTA -- As Chipper Jones prepared to rest his sore legs during Wednesday afternoon's game against the Mets, he said he is hoping that his surgically repaired left knee starts to prove more comfortable over the next few days and weeks.
After playing a third straight game for the first time this year on Tuesday night, Jones awoke on Wednesday feeling what he described as "normal" soreness with his upper leg muscles. The veteran third baseman expected to feel this kind of discomfort when he returned from the disabled list on April 11 and played nine innings for the first time since the end of last season.
"I'm obviously still concerned about the knee blowing up and still hurting," Jones said. "But the leg soreness and all of that, that's normal. I played two games and took a day or two off. Now I just played three straight, and I get today off. So hopefully today's day off will give me some relief tomorrow."
Jones underwent arthroscopic surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. After Jones played two games in Houston last week, some fluid formed around the joint during the flight back to Atlanta, forcing him to miss the first two games of this past weekend's series against the Brewers.
Hoping to avoid a repeat, Jones will wrap his knee during Wednesday night's flight to Arizona. The veteran third baseman, who will turn 40 on Tuesday, is hoping to play in Thursday night's series opener against the D-backs.
"It's not a good recipe for staying healthy if I keep going out there," Jones said Wednesday morning. "So, I'm going to take today and whatever additional time I might need, if any, to take to get my legs in shape."
Bo knows how to make charity pitch
ATLANTA -- While making a rare visit to Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon, Bo Jackson spent time with his former general manager, threw a ceremonial first pitch to a University of Alabama fan and also promoted Bo Bikes Bama, a 300-mile bike journey that will take him and other celebrities through tornado-ravaged communities to raise money for the Alabama Governor's Emergency Relief Fund.
All of the proceeds of this charitable endeavor will go to those victimized by the deadly tornadoes that ravaged parts of Alabama on April 27, 2011. Those interested in making a donation or learning more about the event can visit www.bobikesbama.com or text "BOBIKES" to 50555 to immediately donate $10 to Bo Bikes Bama.
"Alabama is my home state," Jackson said. "Nobody expected that tornado to be that big and that devastating. I have the clout to make the rest of the country aware of how devastating these tornados are. ... It just happened to happen in my state. Whatever I can do to raise attention to that and raise funds to benefit those people that were devastated by it, then that's my role. That's my job as a fellow Alabaman."
After being selected by the Royals in the fourth round of the 1986 First-Year Player Draft, Jackson was introduced to then-Kansas City general manager and current Braves president John Schuerholz. The two spent some time catching up on Wednesday morning.
One of the most identifiable figures in Auburn University's history, Jackson threw Wednesday's ceremonial first pitch to Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, a devout University of Alabama fan. Safe to say his 49-year-old arm is not as strong as it was back when he could make a throw to the plate from the warning track.
"It's been a while," Jackson said. "I'm quite sure that one pitch I threw today, I will feel it tomorrow morning."
Chipper, Bo wax poetic on Moyer
ATLANTA -- Bo Jackson compiled each of his 15 career at-bats against Jamie Moyer before the Braves won the 1995 World Series. Yet as the legendary athlete sat at Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon, he found himself marveling at the fact that Moyer created history on Tuesday, when he became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to record a win.
"I would retire this morning," Jackson said. "I would announce my retirement. I'm through. Finish on top. Get out while you're on top. But I think it speaks to be 49 years old, my age, to go out there and compete with these 22- and 23-year-olds and get a win. I think it's good. My hat is off to him. It gives us old guys hope."
Jackson is actually 12 days younger than Moyer, who beat the Padres on Tuesday night at the age of 49 years and 150 days.
Chipper Jones' earliest memory of Moyer took him back to a 1993 game against Triple-A Rochester (N.Y.) of the International League. The pitcher made his Major League debut as Jones was preparing for his freshman year in high school. But some struggles forced him to spend portions of the early 1990s in the Minors.
"He gave me a rather comfortable 0-for-3 that day," Jones said. "He was crafty then too. Obviously he threw harder than he does now. But he was not a guy that you would deem overpowering."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.