Braves place Beachy on DL, make plans for Jurrjens

The Atlanta Braves placed Brandon Beachy on the 15-day disabled

list on Sunday with a sore right elbow, creating an opening in the

rotation that will be filled by Jair Jurrjens.

The team recalled Todd Redmond from Triple-A Gwinnett to pitch

out of the bullpen.

Beachy, who leads the major leagues with his 2.00 ERA, will have

a MRI on Monday. Beachy left Saturday night’s game against

Baltimore in the fourth inning. He had seven days’ rest before

making the start.

Beachy said Sunday he has had bone spurs in the elbow. He said

he didn’t feel a pop in the elbow, so he hopes the soreness was

caused by the spurs instead of a ligament issue which could lead to

season-ending surgery.

”I’m hoping it’s bone spurs still,” Beachy said. ”It’s time

to find out for sure, so that’s what we’re going to do.”

Gonzalez said ”I don’t expect the worst” from Beachy’s

MRI.

”I expect in 15 days he’ll be ready to go,” Gonzalez said.

”There are plenty of pitchers who have pitched with (bone spurs).

That will settle down a little bit.”

Jurrjens will be recalled from Gwinnett to make Beachy’s next

scheduled start on Friday at Boston.

Jurrjens, who was named to the 2011 All-Star team, had been one

of the Braves’ top starting pitchers before he struggled with right

knee problems in the second half of last season. He said he was

healthy this year but he was 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA when he was

optioned to Gwinnett on April 24. He is 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA in nine

starts with Gwinnett.

Other option for the Braves included Kris Medlen, who was

recalled on Friday, and top prospect Julio Teheran, who was

recalled for one start on June 10.

”Medlen may go into the rotation sometime this summer, but we

feel like we’re better with him in the bullpen now,” Gonzalez

said.

Gonzalez said Teheran had ”a little stiffness in his back”

after Saturday’s start with Gwinnett.

Gonzalez said Jurrjens deserved the chance to return to

Atlanta.

”He’s made some progress. We’re going to give him a shot,”

Gonzalez said. ”We feel like he’s done it before. He’s been an

All-Star. … He’s done everything we’ve asked down there.”

Gonzalez said Jurrjens, who was 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 2011,

will make at least two or three starts but could earn a longer

stay.

The 27-year-old Redmond was 6-4 with a 3.20 in 13 starts for

Gwinnett. This is his first promotion to the major leagues.

Meanwhile, first baseman Freddie Freeman is missing his fourth

straight start but said his sore left hand has improved ”a lot.”

He has been unable to properly grip the bat due to a swollen

knuckle on his left index finger.

Martin Prado is making his second start of the season at first

base.

Third baseman Chipper Jones, who was held out with swelling in

his left knee on Saturday night, is starting. Left-hander Eric

O’Flaherty, who has had a sore elbow, is again available in the

bullpen.