Jair Jurrjens appeared to be heading to his best season as a major leaguer in 2011. He was 12-3 with a NL-best 1.87 ERA and pitched 1-23 scoreless innings in the All-Star Game, but then his season fell apart.
His surgically repaired right knee began bothering him and he won only one more game before the Braves shut him down for the final month.
Jurrjens finished with a 13-6 record and 2.96 ERA, but pitched only 152 innings.
He agreed to a one-year deal worth 5.5 million earlier this month, after an offseason filled with trade rumors.
Andy Johnston recently spoke with Jurrjens, who addressed his injury, his rehab, his contract and the rumors.
Q: Does your knee feel good?
A: Yes, its feeling really good. Im getting more confident, and Im getting stronger. Every day Im trying to get my body to be more balanced, and make everything the same. Everything is strong, right side, left side thing. So its doing good, and Im just excited to get started.
Q: Were the problems you had in Augu...