The jinxed Braves

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As if all of the psychobabble surrounding the Atlanta Braves road woes isn’t enough, now they seem just plain jinxed.

Consider this series of events on Tuesday: Chipper Jones and his injured quad were relegated to pinch hitting, John Smoltz had season-ending surgery, Manny Acosta imploded in the eighth against the Cubs after Tom Glavine left the game with an elbow injury and Jair Jurrjens sprained an ankle walking down dugout steps and was later scratched from his start tonight.

Come again? Yes, the attractive rookie pitcher, a 22-year-old from the Netherlands, stumbled on the stairs and twisted his right ankle. Walk much? If it wasn’t so serious, it’d be kinda funny to consider how that happened.

The Braves are riding a four-game losing streak, own Major League Baseball’s worst road record and have slipped 6 ½ games behind East-leading Philadelphia. Braves Love pulled compared to the team’s Opening Day roster with those who have since been injured and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports there are $62 million worth of players out of action right now.

Can it get any worse?


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