The Baltimore Orioles are doing a lot of things right this season. They are doing enough right in fact that they are nearly sweeping the MLB All-Star voting and they might eventually catch the Boston Red Sox for first place. One thing they have not done very well is their handling of pitcher Jair Jurrjens. He has gone back and forth from triple-A to the majors so often that someone needs to check him for a bungee cord or something.
I realize that Jurrjens has not been what the Orioles wanted him to be for their starting rotation depth but that would have seemingly been the point when they called him up for bullpen depth just long enough for him to throw two plus scoreless innings in relief and then spring back away from the majors so fast it made his head spin.
In all seriousness, understanding he has not pitched up to his potential, how is he supposed to when he never knows where his next pitch will be thrown from? I like the Orioles and I like what Jurrjens could do for them in the bullpen. It really could be a big help to his career to work out his MLB troubles in a bullpen role. It seems however that for the Orioles he is just that first guy they send away when someone comes off of the DL.
That is why he needs to move on. Someone should grab him off of waivers or he should just go on and not report to triple-A to become a free agent. There are tons of teams looking for pitching depth and he surely could catch on with one of them that would be willing to give his enormous potential a chance to fully develop again. Someone will and whoever that is will be holding a diamond when all of the grunge falls off of Jurrjens’ current performance. Apparently it isn’t going to be the Orioles but Jurrjens is too good to continue being a bouncy ball for them to throw from place to place.