The Braves were concerned enough with Jair Jurrjens injury to place him on the 15-day disabled list. Kris Medlen will take his turn in the rotation this Saturday, and reliever Craig Kimbrel will be recalled from triple-A.
Kimbrel has been dominant at triple-A Gwinnett this season. In 11 appearances spanning 15 innings he has allowed 2 runs on just 7 hits and 5 walks (though he has hit 4 batters) while striking out 21. That's a 1.20 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He was ranked as the 7th-best prospect on the Talking Chop top-30 prospect list, and he is considered to be future Major League closer material. Because of his diminutive size, he is often compared to a right-handed Billy Wagner, so it's good that he'll be able to get some Major League bullpen time with Wager this year.
Jurrjens strained his hamstring in a game on April 29th, and was then skipped in the rotation earlier this week. Medlen's last start came on July 12th of 2009 in a spot-start against Colorado. He's worked multiple innings his last two appearances, so he should be stretched out enough to go five or six innings, depending on how economical he is with his pitches. He will be facing the Phililes, whom he has struggled against, compiling a 6.75 ERA in 8 innings of work, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. All 7 of those appearances have been in relief.
Kimrel's promotion will culminate in the most highly anticipated debut of a Braves pitching prospect this season. While other pitchers are ranked higher than Kimbrel, he is by far the closest to Major League ready. He will be activated today if he can get to Washington in time. Even if he arrives mid-game, he will be immediately activated.