A day after Jair Jurrjens told David O’Brien his shoulder was fine, DOB filed another report from Braves camp saying JJ is “not out of the woods yet”. Pitching coach Roger McDowell said that Jurrjens was feeling minimal pain during a long toss session this morning.
No structural damage, shoulder feels great, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Sound familiar to you? I don’t want to keep beating Barbaro, but I’m growing more worried about JJ’s shoulder with every report I read, given the similarities between him and every young pitcher who has ever had arm problems. First they get discomfort, then an MRI, followed by a clean bill of health, then minimal pain, then, boom, arm problems. 60 day DL.
Let’s hope there’s nothing really wrong, but the reality is we won’t know if its serious until it’s too late.