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Jair Jurrjens is looking to make a comeback

May 4, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jurrjens throws his warm up pitches before facing Toronto Blue Jays in first inning of their MLB baseball spring training game in Dunedin Reuters

Pitcher Jair Jurrjens is looking to make a comeback, currently rehabbing after undergoing knee surgery last September, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Jurrjens is only 28 years old and his injury issues aren’t related to his arm, so he has that going for him. Heyman adds that Jurrjens has been able to ramp up his fastball to 90 MPH.

Jurrjens spent the 2013 season in the Tigers’ and Orioles’ systems, making a brief appearance in the big leagues with the O’s, posting a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. He hasn’t had prolonged success in the Major Leagues since 2011, when he finished with a 2.96 ERA in 153 innings with the Braves.

  1. dcarroll73 - May 4, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    And in related news Jar Jar Binks continues on the comeback trail in triple A. Although he had consistency issues (and was almost terminally annoying) many considered Jar Jar the best comedic talent in pitching since Mudcat Grant.

  2. areyesrn - May 4, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    as a phillies fan, this guy still gives me nightmares…

    I’d still take him

  3. scottychicago - May 5, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Seems like a White Sox/Don Cooper project

  4. doctornature - May 5, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    With the money even below average MLB pitchers make…much less good pitchers…that’s why you have to pull the uniform off these guys. Where else can a mediocre ANYTHING make 1-2 million/year? Makes me want to crank up the old knuckler, which, even at 62, I could probably wiff BJ Upton with it.

    • dowhatifeellike - May 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      If your definition of mediocre means there are only a couple hundred people in the world better, then we have differing definitions of that word.

      • doctornature - May 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        We are on a MLB blog. I am talking mediocre MLB pitchers. If you are assuming I am talking about anything else, nope.

  5. sprizzle2182 - May 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    not sure why ppl have such negative things to say about Jair…i wish we had been able to keep him around…he was a hard worker who had health problems…he wasnt an attitude problem, he wasn’t a cancer to the team, he was a guy who had some bad breaks with his body…wish him nothing but the best in his future…

  6. gmfw7 - May 5, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I commented on a story about him before spring training that I really would love the phillies to sign him to a 1 year deal and I still want them to take a flier on him. He was way too good in 2010-2011 to not have a bounce back im him. Not like we have a ton of depth neither.

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