by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) After meeting with a shoulder specialist, Braves starting pitcher prospect J.R. Graham has been diagnosed with a shoulder strain, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He plans to rehab for a month before getting back on the mound.
Graham left his start for Double-A Mississippi Monday after two innings. Graham entered the season as the Braves' fourth-best prospect, according to MLB.com.
J.R. Graham placed on DL with shoulder strain
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Braves pitching prospect J.R. Graham has been placed on the minor-league disabled list with a shoulder strain, according to MLB.com.
Graham had to leave his Monday start after experiencing discomfort in his back and shoulder. He lasted just two innings. He was examined by team doctors, and there is no timetable for Graham's return. He has a 4.04 ERA in eight starts this year.
J.R. Graham to see team specialist
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Braves pitching prospect J.R. Graham is headed to Atlanta to see a team specialist about his right shoulder, which has no definitive diagnosis, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Graham left Monday's start because of discomfort in his right arm and shoulder.
J.R. Graham lands on minor-league DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) The Braves announced Wednesday starting pitching prospect J.R. Graham was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Double-A Mississippi with a right shoulder strain, according to MLB.com. Graham suffered the injury in his last start Monday.
He is 1-3 with a 4.04 ERA and .283 opponents' batting average in eight starts. He also has 28 strikeouts and 10 walks in 35 2/3 innings.
J.R. Graham leaves Double-A start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Braves starting pitcher prospect J.R. Graham had to leave his start Monday for Double-A Mississippi because of discomfort in his throwing arm and shoulder, per MLB.com. Graham had tossed two scoreless innings before calling for trainers while warming up in the third.
Graham is hopeful he will make his next start this weekend.
"It feels good," Graham said. "I had a little discomfort and was pulled for precautionary reasons. I went back with the trainer and tested it out and it was fine. Just something didn't feel right when I was throwing, nothing specific ... just while I was warming up. There was no prior discomfort."
Braves general manager Frank Wren said Graham was pulled for "precautionary" reasons and he "tested well."
"I will get it checked out and hopefully I'll be ready for my next start," Graham said. "My trainer said my strength and flexibility and range of motion were fine. I'll wait until (Tuesday) and ... just see how it goes."
Graham, who entered the season as the Braves' fourth-best prospect by MLB.com, is 1-3 with a 4.04 ERA and .283 opponents' batting average through eight starts.
J.R. Graham heading to minor- league camp
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) The Braves have reassigned 23-year-old pitching prospect J.R. Graham to minor-league camp after throwing two shutout innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest against the Yankees.
Graham tossed nine scoreless innings and gave up just six hits while with the big-league club.
"We saw him earlier pin his ear back and try to throw it 100 [mph]," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The last couple of outings out, he has been able to mix his pitches a lot better. When he does that, he almost becomes unhittable."
Graham is expected to start the season at Double-A Mississippi and could earn a chance to work his way up to Triple-A Gwinnett this season.
Graham emulating idol Hudson
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/17/2013) For highly touted Braves pitching prospect J.R. Graham, the instruction he will receive during his first big-league spring training couldn't come from a better source: Tim Hudson. After all, the veteran right-hander is his childhood idol dating back to Hudson's playing days with the Athletics. "I always kind of liked how he threw and he was a good guy to emulate," Graham told MLB.com. "He's a smaller guy like I am, maybe a little taller and thinner. But it just kind of happened that I threw like him. ... He throws that nice moving sinker, and mine is a two-seam [fastball]. He's getting that early contact and he's going seven, eight or nine innings every game. A durable guy like that is someone to look up to."