A MRI exam on Jair Jurrjens’ shoulder on Tuesday showed no structural damage to the rotator cuff and the labrum. The Atlanta Braves announced yesterday that the discomfort the right-hander felt after a recent throwing session resulted of anterior shoulder inflammation. The 24-year-old will get treatment for the next couple of days and is expected to resume his throwing program next week. Slated into the rotation of the National League East club, Jurrjens might be behind the other pitchers at the beginning of Spring Training, but he still has plenty of time to get ready for the season.
Meanwhile Spring Training officially started on Wednesday with the first pitchers and catcher reporting back to their teams. Official work-outs are scheduled to start today. Position players will report next week with the first exhibition games set for March 2. Some of the camps will have European ties. Besides Jurrjens, Rick van den Hurk (Marlins), Shairon Martis, Roger Bernadina (both Nationals), Hainley Statia (Angels), Andruw Jones (White Sox), Loek van Mil (Twins), Alex Smit (Reds), Gregory Halman (Mariners), Wladimir Balentien (Reds) and Kenley Jansen (Dodgers) will report to their respective big league camps over the next couple of days.