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08:13 AM ET 05.03 | A "pain-free" Jair Jurrjens, who kept things rolling Monday night, learned earlier in the day he'd have a personal catcher. Rather than work David Ross into starts here and there, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has decided to put him in a regular rotation catching Jurrjens. Brian McCann got his rest Monday night, like he will every fifth day, while Ross caught Jurrjens for the fourth consecutive time. Jurrjens was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts this year caught by Ross entering Monday. Gonzalez said Monday he wants to use Ross with Jurrjens like former Braves manager Bobby Cox used to use Eddie Perez as Greg Maddux's personal catcher.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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May 3, 2011  08:58 AM ET

Worked last night pretty well.

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May 3, 2011  09:38 AM ET

I like when teams do this, especially when they have catchers who can hit like McCann. As long as the offense is able to get by without him, this seems like a very solid decision.

May 3, 2011  09:41 AM ET

Jurrjens gets personal catcher

this article title is wrought with so much ****

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May 3, 2011  09:58 AM ET

While he's no McCann, people tend to forget that Ross isn't too shabby as a hitter. It makes Gonzalez's decision a lot easier.

May 3, 2011  11:59 AM ET

Ross has hit well when he has played this year, and with the way JJ is pitching I'd keep Ross back there too... solid move

May 3, 2011  12:05 PM ET
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Imagine if Mauer would have had the same breathers.

Imagine there's no Heaven....

May 3, 2011  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Imagine there's no Heaven....

It's easy if you try.

May 3, 2011  01:05 PM ET
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Surprised it's not used more in the AL with the DH to play with. Might save some of really good catchers for a couple more years.

Most teams only have 2 catchers and they aren't going to use the backup as the DH. If the catcher gets hurt and you slide the DH into that role your pitcher ends up hitting. Plus teams are afraid of ever needing their emergency catcher

May 3, 2011  01:05 PM ET
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It's easy if you try.

Especially for Atro

May 3, 2011  04:11 PM ET
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Most teams only have 2 catchers and they aren't going to use the backup as the DH. If the catcher gets hurt and you slide the DH into that role your pitcher ends up hitting. Plus teams are afraid of ever needing their emergency catcher

however, Posada has been Dh'ing this year for the Yanks. Seems to work for them.

May 4, 2011  02:39 PM ET

Besides being a Gator, David Ross is a darn good baseball player and could be a starter elsewhere.

May 4, 2011  07:28 PM ET

Ross is the best backup catcher in baseball. I used to hate it when Henry Blanco or Paul Bako filled in for Javy Lopez, with Ross, it eases the pain.

 
May 8, 2011  10:08 PM ET

this artical isnt true since mccann is catching for jj tonight

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