There seems to be a lot of stuff floating around Jair Jurrjens brain right now.
He seems to be worried about his injury-prone right knee, his mechanics, his wildness, maybe even when his name was on everybodys trade list this winter. Whatevers up there, its keeping him from focusing on the really important things, like opposing hitters.
He mentioned his mind isnt where it should be after he was knocked around in his latest spring training start on Tuesday. Jurrjens also looks nothing like the starter he was for the Braves in the first half of 2011, when he was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA, impressive numbers that landed him on the NL All-Star team.
And he sounds nothing like the guy who oozed confidence during an interview in January. He talked about how physically prepared and mentally ready he was for 2012, despite struggling in the second half (5.88 ERA in seven starts) and missing September with his balky right knee.
This was Jurrjens in January: Yes, (the knee is) feeling really go...