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Jurrjens demoted, Hudson expected to return

Atlanta (WTVM) - The Braves demoted Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday. The move comes after Jurrjens gave up five runs on nine hits in three innings against the Dodgers Monday night. It was the first time Jurrjens failed to strike out a batter since April 29, 2010.

Jurrjens was an All-Star in 2011, with a 12-3 record and a 1.87 ERA before the July break. Since then, his stats have plummeted. He's only won one game since July of last year, and is 0-2 to start the 2012 campaign. This season his ERA is 9.37 and opponents are batting .411 against him.

His spot in the rotation will be filled by Phenix City native Tim Hudson. Hudson completed his final rehab start for the Gwinnett Braves Tuesday night. He gave up one run on six hits over 5.2 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out four, throwing 110 pitches, 68 for strikes.

Hudson is recovering from off-season spinal surgery. He is expected to be the starter in Sunday's game against the Pirates.

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