The Reds sign Jair Jurrjens

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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.

Brett Cecil placed on 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome

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On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.

Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.

The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.

Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).