Orioles sign right-hander Jair Jurrjens to a minor league contract

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Jair Jurrjens agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Orioles last month, but an official announcement was delayed after he took a pre-signing physical. Apparently the Orioles saw something they were concerned about, as the club just announced that the deal has been adjusted to a minor league contract with a spring training invite.

Jurrjens really struggled with the Braves last season, posting a 6.89 ERA and 19/18 K/BB ratio over just 48 1/3 innings. His velocity has slipped in recent years, which could be related to his lingering knee issues. Seeing how the terms of his deal with the Orioles have changed, it’s clear that those concerns aren’t in the rear view mirror.

Steven Souza Jr. injured his left knee

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Almost exactly a year ago, Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tore a bicep while diving for a ball in a spring training game. He’d play in only 72 games last year but he really wasn’t healthy for any of them, with the injury and aggravations to it costing him production and causing him pain.

When he started spring training this year he said he’d take it easier in games that didn’t count so he could be ready for the regular season. Sadly, he was once again injured on the eve of Opening Day, crumbling to the ground after injuring his knee while scoring on a double in an exhibition game against the White Sox (video here if you want to see it).

The injury looked bad — he was in obvious pain and could not put any weight on the leg while being helped off the field. He’s undergoing an MRI today and we’ll hear more soon, but it does not look good.

Assuming Souza is out for an extended period, Adam Jones will likely be the Dbacks’ everyday right fielder.