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.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.