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Braves demote Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett
Pitcher sent down after getting hammered by Dodgers on Monday
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Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross, left, and starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens walks to the mound after giving up two runs to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Monday's game in Los Angeles. Jurrjens fell to 0-2 with the 7-2 loss, lasting only three innings. Today, the Braves sent him down to Class AAA Gwinnett. - photo by Chris Carlson

LOS ANGELES — The Atlanta Braves have optioned struggling pitcher Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett after the 2011 All-Star lasted only three-plus innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jurrjens, who led the Braves with 13 wins last season despite two trips to the disabled list, is 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts. He retired only seven of the 17 batters he faced Monday night — including opposing pitcher Chris Capuano on a sacrifice bunt — and was charged with five runs on nine hits in a 7-2 loss.

It was the first time Jurrjens failed to record a strikeout in 42 starts since April 29, 2010, at St. Louis, when he departed after one inning with a strained left hamstring.

The team will make a corresponding roster move Tuesday. One possible move would be to activate veteran pitcher Tim Hudson, who has been on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment after offseason back surgery.

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