Jair Jurrjens to undergo minor knee surgery next week

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Jair Jurrjens threw six innings in an instructional league game yesterday and afterward general manager Frank Wren explained that “everything went well” and “he didn’t have any problems.”
That may have been true, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Jurrjens will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the partially torn meniscus in his right knee next week. It’s considered a minor surgery and Jurrjens is expected to be out of commission for just a few days, leaving him plenty of time to get fully healthy for spring training.
After posting a 2.60 ERA in 33 starts last season Jurrjens was limited to just 20 starts this year and went 7-6 with a 4.64 ERA and 86/52 K/BB ratio in 116 innings.

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.