Jurrjens, who agreed to a $1.5 million deal that could be worth up to $4 million with incentives, is listed on the Netherlands' provisional roster for the WBC, but said Friday that he's "50/50" whether he will play. Jurrjens is a native of Curacao, a Caribbean island which is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
A major league team can not tell a player it doesn't want him to participate in the World Baseball Classic, but Jurrjens said he wants to speak with the Orioles to get their take on him participating.
"I'm still thinking about it," Jurrjens said. "I think when I get my physical, I'm going to talk to the front office people and see what they think about it and I'll make my decision."
Choosing whether to pitch in the WBC is a difficult one, especially for a pitcher who will be joining a new organization trying to earn a starting rotation spot. The Orioles could have as many as 11 pitchers -- most who have been in the organization for years -- competing for five rotation spots this spring.
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He had surgery on the joint following the 2010 season and has had setbacks with the knee since and pitched with a knee brace throughout the 2012 season. Jurrjens also said he dealt with a right quad injury, which he cited for his diminished fastball velocity last season.
Jurrjens knows he will have to prove himself in camp. And even though he obviously appears torn, it sounds like he is leaning toward not playing in the WBC. I don't think the Orioles would talk him out of that.
“I still want to play with my friends and represent my country,” Jurrjens said. “But I’m with a new team and I really want to bond with them and get the chemistry going in