Jair Jurrjens leaves start after being hit with line drive


Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jair Jurrjens left his start on Wednesday after being hit by a line drive in the second inning.

Jurrjens signed a minor league deal with the Orioles this winter. He was already pegged from Triple-A Norfolk before the liner off the bat of Thomas Neal hit his lower back.

The Orioles are hoping that Jurrjens will provide depth to the back-end of their rotation later this season.

Jurrjens spent the last five seasons with the Atlanta Braves. In recent years he has struggled with a variety of injuries but when he has been healthy he has been a top of the line starter. During his tenure with the Braves the now 27-year-old Jurrjens pitched in 119 games and compiled a 3.58 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Originally the Orioles had agreed to a $1.5 million deal with Jurrjens which could have bumped up to $4 million with incentives. After his physical raised questions about his knee injury from 2012 the Orioles signed him to a minor league deal.

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