Jair Jurrjens to get MRI on shoulder

Updated: February 16, 2010, 4:12 PM ET
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Atlanta Braves starter Jair Jurrjens has a sore right shoulder and will undergo an MRI exam on Wednesday.

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Braves general manager Frank Wren says Jurrjens reported early to the team's spring training facility in Kissimmee, Fla. Wren says the scan is precautionary and Jurrjens could return to Florida after the exam "if everything is OK."

Jurrjens went 14-10 in 2009, throwing a career-high 215 innings and holding opposing teams to two earned runs or fewer in 26 of his 34 starts. His 2.60 ERA was the third-lowest ERA in the National League last season.

A Braves trainer examined Jurrjens this week and determined his rotator cuff and labrum were structurally sound. But when the soreness lingered, the team decided to fly him to Atlanta for an MRI as a precaution, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The team is hoping the soreness is nothing more than tendinitis.

Jurrjens is expected to play a major role for the Braves this season, in light of the trade of Javier Vazquez to the New York Yankees and Tim Hudson returning for his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Jurrjens is 30-21 with a 3.21 ERA in 72 career starts with the Braves and Detroit Tigers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.