The Orioles have designated 27-year old righty starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens for assignment. Jurrjens pitched in 2 games (1 start) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Jurrjens has now pitched in 128 games (126 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 53-37 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He might not clear waivers, but the Orioles needed his roster spot for 35-year old switch-hitting 2B Brian Roberts, who has been activated off the 60-day D.L. Roberts played in 3 games earlier this year for the O’s and he was 5 for 12 (.417 avg, .917 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. The Orioles hope that Roberts can stay healthy this time around.
UPDATE: (7/1/2013) – Jurrjens has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.
UPDATE II: (7/13/2013) – Jurrjens has been designated for assignment again. He has pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Orioles in AAA-ball and he is 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. They will likely keep him if he clears waivers again.
UPDATE III: (7/18/2013) – Jurrjens cleared waivers and then he rejected an outright assignment to AAA. He will now be a free agent.