Evans Clinchy
Friday March 2nd, 2012

Jair Jurrjens appears likely to be the Atlanta Braves' Opening Day starter on April 5 against the New York Mets, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

While Braves manager Fredi González hasn't officially named a starter, he has set a rotation for the team's Grapefruit League exhibition schedule. Jurrjens is set to start Monday against the Houston Astros in the team's third game; if he pitches every five days, he would make six exhibition starts and be in line for Opening Day.

It's long been speculated that either Jurrjens or Tommy Hanson would step in for ace Tim Hudson, who's recovering from back surgery and will likely miss all of April. Jurrjens finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2008 and was an All-Star in 2011. He went 13-6 for the Braves last season, putting up a 2.96 ERA in 152 innings.

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