The Reds sign Jair Jurrjens


Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cincinnati Reds have signed pitcher Jair Jurrjens to a minor league deal.

Jurrjens, who has been rehabbing a knee injury, spent the 2013 season in the Tigers’ and Orioles’ systems, pitching a whopping seven and a third innings for the O’s in the bigs. He pitched fewer than 50 innings for the Braves in 2012. His last useful go in the bigs was 2011, when he posted a 2.96 ERA in 153 innings in Atlanta.

Reports have his velocity back up to 90, which is key, as a velocity drop and attendant injuries was the real culprit for his burnout a few years ago.

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.

Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.