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.
The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.