Jurrjens confident after adjustments

Jurrjens confident after adjustments

ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens completed a lengthy bullpen session on Thursday afternoon at PETCO Park, and the right-hander walked away even more convinced that his right shoulder is healthy and that some mechanical adjustments will provide him the velocity and control that he lacked against the Padres on Monday.

"I was leaning a lot, and my direction was really off," Jurrjens said. "I just need to try to slow it down and stay more on the rubber. Then I can be on top of the ball, and that should help my location."

Jurrjens allowed a career-high eight earned runs to the Padres, and his fastball rested between 87 and 89 mph, approximately two or three mph slower than usual. There was some reason to wonder if he was battling some of the discomfort that was present when he reported to Spring Training with an inflamed right shoulder.

But Jurrjens, who had allowed two earned runs or fewer in 27 of his previous 35 starts, said that he didn't experience any discomfort the day after the outing or on Thursday, when he and pitching coach Roger McDowell worked on mechanics during a bullpen session that lasted nearly 30 minutes.

Because of his shoulder issues, Jurrjens was nearly two weeks behind with his regular Spring Training preparations, but the 24-year-old isn't using that as an excuse.

"If I wasn't ready, I should have told them I wasn't ready during Spring Training," he said. "I have no soreness and no problems. I have all my strength, and I'm doing all my programs. Now I just need to take it to the game."