Jurrjens ready to ‘prove some people wrong’
The Orioles have reached a one-year agreement with free agent pitcher Jair Jurrjens and the 26-year-old right-hander told MLB.com Friday that he is healthy and motivated to win a spot in the club’s starting rotation this spring.
“That was one of my main goals, was to try to get a team to give me a chance again,” said Jurrjens, who has thrown seven bullpens this winter while working out in Tampa, Fla. “I know a lot of people are scared with the past history of my knee, but I’m ready to prove some people wrong and show that I’m ready to go again.”
The Orioles are not commenting on the agreement, first reported late Thursday night, and Jurrjens’ signing –still pending a physical–isn’t expected to be made official before Monday.
But the addition — a low-risk, high-reward signing — is right on par with the philosophy of executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who stated at the news conference announcing his and manager Buck Showalter’s contract extensions that he was still actively looking to add pitching. An All-Star in 2011, Jurrjens went 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA last year and was non-tendered by the Braves this winter, effectively becoming a free agent.
Jurrjens spent a good portion of last season in the Minor Leagues and he said Friday that weakness in his right quadriceps limited his power in that leg, causing a velocity dip and an end-of-April demotion.
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