Manager Fredi Gonzalez said right-hander Jair Jurrjens "was fine" when he was told Saturday that he'd be going to the bullpen, replaced in the rotation for the foreseeable future by right-hander Kris Medlen.
However, Medlen will join the rotation Tuesday night against Miami only if general manager Frank Wren is unable to swing a deal for a veteran starter by that afternoon's non-waiver trade deadline. And Jurrjens' demotion also assumes that right-hander Tommy Hanson, who hasn't pitched very well lately, somehow rights himself.
One reason why Jurrjens is fine with the latest change in his pitching status is that he's still in the major leagues. Better to be in the Braves' bullpen than with their Class AAA team.
But who's to say Jurrjens will work out as a long reliever?
The addition of Medlen to the rotation means that Gonzalez is without his most versatile arm, someone who can strike out the side for an inning or pitch craftily for three innings. Right-hander Cristhian Martinez...