MIAMI -- Jair Jurrjens said he was hoping to remain in the starting rotation after enduring a second consecutive ugly start on Sunday against the Nationals. If the Braves do not add another starting pitcher within the next few days, he might get his wish.
When asked if Jurrjens would remain in the starting rotation on Monday, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he is currently planning to give the struggling right-hander another start.
But this would almost definitely change if Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster accepts the proposed trade that would send him to Atlanta. The Braves and Cubs have agreed in principle on the deal. But the trade will not be official before Dempster agrees to waive his 10-and-5 veto powers.
Jurrjens endured a two-month demotion to Triple-A Gwinnett and then impressed when he returned to the Majors on June 22 by limiting the Red Sox to one run in 7 2/3 innings. Two more decent starts would follow. But in two starts since the break, he has allowed 14 earned runs and totaled just 5 2/3 innings.
Jurrjens has posted a 7.04 ERA in 10 starts this year, and a 6.50 ERA in 17 starts since pitching in the 2011 All-Star Game.