The Orioles claim Jo-Jo Reyes, release Justin Duchscherer

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The Blue Jays waived starter Jo-Jo Reyes and the Orioles have taken a flyer on him.  They also released the last starter they took a flyer on, Justin Duchscherer.

Reyes was 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 110 IP for the Jays this year. You can’t really call it a “bad year,” however, because it’s pretty much the Jo-Jo Reyes we all know.  For his career he’s 10-23 with a 6.04 ERA, all but four games as a starter.  He’ll consume innings as the Orioles play out the string. Nothing more.

The release of Duchscherer was inevitable, but a bit of a bummer all the same. He hadn’t pitched since early last season and didn’t pitch at all in 2009.  Hip problems and depression have basically wrecked his career. A career that, at one time at least, looked promising.

In an ideal world, Justin Duchscherer is pitching major league innings someplace and Jo-Jo Reyes is probably not.  But health is everything when you’re a pitcher, and their example shows it pretty plainly.

Report: José Ramírez diagnosed with knee contusion

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Indians third baseman José Ramírez had to be carted off the field in the top of the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League game agaisnt the White Sox. Ramírez fouled a pitch off of his leg during an at-bat against pitcher Sean Nolin.

MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reports that Ramírez was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after he was taken for X-rays. The X-rays were negative, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Ramírez, 26, finished third in AL MVP Award voting last season, batting .270/.387/.552 with 39 home runs, 105 RBI, 110 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases across 698 plate appearances. He was worth 7.9 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference. If Ramírez lands on the injured list, that would obviously be a huge loss for the Indians, despite being the overwhelming favorites in the AL Central entering the season.

The Indians will already start the season without second baseman Jason Kipnis and shortstop Francisco Lindor, though both are expected to return before the end of April. The infield is in rough shape at the moment.