Jurrjens encouraged by increase in velocity

Jurrjens encouraged by increase in velocity

ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens was certainly not satisfied when he extended his recent woes by allowing the Brewers five runs in five innings on Friday night. But the Braves right-hander was encouraged by the fact a jump in velocity was seen with the 92-mph fastball he used to strike out Ryan Braun in the first inning.

"How many times did I hit 92 last year?," Jurrjens said. "Maybe the first two games in the season?"

According to BrooksBaseball.net's PitchFX tool, the average velocity of Jurrjens' four-seam fastball rose from 87.53 in his April 7 season debut to 89.06 in Friday night's game.

Jurrjens' velocity began dipping when he began feeling discomfort in his right knee after last year's All-Star break. With his knee not providing any problems this year, the 26-year-old hurler is hoping to continue regaining life on his fastball.

"Everything is bouncing back good and I'm feeling good," said Jurrjens, who will make his third start of the season in Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Mets.