By Tara Rowe
After an excruciating loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Braves announced late Tuesday night that Jair Jurrjens had been optioned to the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett.
Jurrjens pitched 3 innings, giving up 9 hits, 1 walk and 5 earned runs against the Dodgers who held the best record in the National League as of Wednesday.
When healthy, Jurrjens has put up extraordinary numbers over the past several seasons; numbers that compare favorably to some of the best arms in the National League. And he has done so while flying under the radar.
In 2008, Jurrjens’ turned in an excellent rookie year performance with 13 wins and a 3.68 ERA. He finished 3rd in National League Rookie of the Year voting behind winner Geovany Soto and runner-up Joey Votto.
His success carried over to his sophomore season, even competing for the NL Cy Young award in ’09. He won 14 games that year while posting the 3rd-best ERA in the league (2.60).
After a 2010 season marred by injuries, Jurrje...