ATLANTA — Right-handers Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens are trying to recover from injuries before the postseason for the NL wild card-leading Braves.
The Braves opened a three-game series against Florida on Monday night leading St. Louis by 4½ games in the wild-card race.
Atlanta’s revamped rotation includes rookies Mike Minor, Randall Delgado and Brandon Beachy along with veterans Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe. Another rookie, Julio Teheran, has made three starts.
Hanson (11-7) has been on the disabled list since Aug. 7 with a sore right shoulder. Jurrjens (13-6), who has a bone bruise on his right knee, hasn’t pitched since Aug. 30.
“That’s 24 wins sitting on the bench next to us,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That’s not good.”
Hanson said Monday he had normal soreness after throwing in the bullpen for the first time Sunday in St. Louis. He is set for another bullpen session on Wednesday. An MRI showed a small tear in Hanson’s right rotator cuff that won’t require surgery.
Jurrjens is wearing a brace on his knee. He is one week into a two-week period where he can’t throw, leaving him behind Hanson’s pace.
Jurrjens spent two weeks on the DL last month with a right knee strain. He had surgery on the same knee in October to repair a torn meniscus.
Jurrjens said his latest injury is “frustrating” and “annoying.”
“Sometimes it’s hard to be around the guys,” he said.
Jurrjens dropped his head when asked about his chances to pitch again this season.
“I’m trying to stay positive, but sometimes you have to check on reality, too,” he said.
Gonzalez said he hasn’t given up on Jurrjens’ return.
“Until somebody tells me no, we are hoping,” Gonzalez said.
Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez started Monday night against Florida after missing three games with a stiff lower back.