From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Braves starter Jair Jurrjens underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee Wednesday.
The procedure, done by Dr. James in Andrews in Alabama, was deemed a success.
Jurrjens injured his right knee during a late-September bullpen session and did not make an appearance during the Braves’ short run in the NLDS. But he should be fine once spring training opens next season and will look to get back to the kind of form that he showed back in 2009, when he ranked third in the National League with a 2.60 ERA over 34 starts.
The 24-year-old turned in a 4.64 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 20 outings this year, fanning 86 batters and walking 42 over 116.1 innings of work.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.