I don't feel quite so bad about that trade now. Maybe the Braves would take Inge for him?
LOS ANGELES -- As a dejected Jair Jurrjens stood in front of his locker at Dodger Stadium, he found himself saying things like "I'm not a quitter" and "I just need to keep fighting." Minutes later, the Braves pitcher learned that he will be continuing his fight while spending some time back at the Minor League level.
After watching Jurrjens labor through three-plus innings during Monday night's 7-2 loss to the Dodgers, the Braves made the decision to option him to Triple-A Gwinnett with the hope that he will regain the successful form that suddenly disappeared after he entered last year's All-Star break with the National League's best ERA.
"We optioned Jair tonight to give him a chance to work through his difficulties at the Triple-A level and hopefully come back ready to help us contend," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "He is not having any health or injury issues, just needs to get back on track pitching wise."
Jurrjens was informed of the decision after talking to reporters. But after allowing the Dodgers nine hits and five runs in this stint that consisted of just 50 pitches, he was asked about the possibility that the Braves could place him on the disabled list or send him to the Minors.
Jurrjens did not immediately respond to messages left on his cell phone after it was learned he had been optioned. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he will address the situation on Tuesday.