Jurrjens leaves game with injury (updated)

Orioles starter Jair Jurrjens exited in the second inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees after being struck with a comebacker off the bat of Thomas Neal.

Jurrjens is day to day with a rib contusion on his right side and he will get a precautionary X-ray Thursday morning.

“I tried to come back and tried to catch it,” Jurrjens said. “It was just hit so hard. Forget it.”

“I’m just happy, thank God, that so far it’s not serious. I hope when I get the X-Ray tomorrow everything will be fine. I’m just going to play it day-by-day. And see how it goes.”

Jurrjens, who walked off with the help of head athletic trainer Richie Bancells, threw 21 pitches before exiting and admitted it was “pointless” to discuss his abbreviated outing given that he didn’t even get a chance to throw all his pitches. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, facing seven batters and recording three outs.

It wasn’t exactly the impression Jurrjens –who has an outside shot at making the Opening Day rotation– wanted to leave his new organization with in his final spring start.

“Yeah, that [stinks],” said Jurrjens, who made his first spring start since Feb. 28.  “I finally got a start again and I wasn’t able to go deep in the game because I got hit, but whatever.”

“I’m happy [with my spring]. Last year, I wasn’t even close at this point. Now I feel strong and I’m getting better and better, and that’s motivation to keep pushing and keep working and just keep getting better.”

Jurrjens entered the game 1-1 with a 4.61 spring ERA and was replaced by right-hander Tommy Hunter.

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