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.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.