CHICAGO -- As if losing Tom Glavine to the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain was not enough, the Atlanta Braves will have to do without Wednesday's scheduled starter, Jair Jurrjens, as well.
Jurrjens twisted his right ankle after slipping on a set of steps in the visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field, following the Braves 10-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. The injury did not improve overnight, forcing the Braves to turn to right-hander Jeff Bennett to make the start in game two of the series.
Atlanta is hopeful that Jurrjens will only have to miss one start, as they are running low on option to replace another injured hurler. The Braves intend to recall righty pitching prospect Charlie Morton from Triple-A Richmond to pitch on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
With Glavine having joined John Smoltz (out for the season) and Mike Hampton on the 15-day DL, the injury to Jurrjens means that the Braves have lost four of their five projected starters when the club broke camp in the spring. If Jurrjens is placed on the DL, only Tim Hudson will remain of the original five starting pitchers.
The Braves made a pair of roster moves on Wednesday, recalling left-hander Jeff Ridgway and outfielder Brandon Jones from Richmond. Ridgway takes the place of Glavine, while outfielder Josh Anderson was optioned back to Richmond to make room for Jones.
Anderson had performed well after joining the Braves on May 30, hitting .318 in 11 games. The Braves recalled Jones, who hit 19 homers and drove home 104 runs in 2007, to provide more power off the bench with Greg Norton starting in place of the injured Matt Diaz in left field.
At the time of his recall, Jones was hitting .263 with just 2 homers and 25 RBI in 54 games in Richmond this season. Despite his low home run total, the Braves are looking for Jones to add some pop to a bench that includes Ruben Gotay, Corky Miller and Omar Infante.
Ridgway should arrive in Chicago in the middle innings of Wednesdays' contest, and may not be available to pitch until Thursday's series finale. The 27-year old lefty was 2-0 with a 4.64 ERA in 28 relief appearances this season at Richmond, striking out 33 batters in 33 innings of work.