SARASOTA, Fla. — Right-hander
A line drive off the bat of
He was diagnosed with a right rib bruise and will have a precautionary
"Phew, scary. Really scary," Jurrjens said. "I think I tried to come back and tried to catch it. It was just hit so hard. Forget it."
Jurrjens, who was a long shot in the fifth starter competition, will finish the spring with a 4.91 ERA in 14 2/3 innings. On Wednesday, he was charged with two hits, one walk and two runs (one earned) in one inning.
"It makes no sense to talk a lot about the outing, because I didn't have a chance to throw all of my pitches," Jurrjens said. "But I felt good in the innings I was out there."
When asked to evaluate Jurrjens after the game, manager
Jurrjens has struggled with injuries in the past few years. He had right knee surgery after the 2010 season and dealt with a groin issue in 2012. Part of his struggles last season may have been connected to a weakness in his surgically repaired knee.
But he said he wasn't thinking "here we go again" when he was struck with the batted ball.
"No, its part of the game. You know the risks we take. Every time you get on the field things can happen," he said. "I'm just happy, thank God, that so far it's not serious. I hope when I get the X-ray tomorrow everything will be fine. I'm just going to play it day-by-day. And see how it goes."
The disappointment, he said, is that his spring games are now over.
"Yeah, that [stinks]," said Jurrjens, who is likely targeted to for the Triple-A Norfolk rotation. "I finally got a start again and I wasn't able to go deep in the game because I got hit, but whatever."
The Orioles trimmed their big league roster to 34 with four days remaining before 25-man rosters must be submitted Sunday at 3 p.m.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman, the club's top draft pick last year, was sent to minor league camp along with first baseman
Gausman, 22, posted a 3.94 ERA in seven spring games, including two starts. He knew Monday's start against the
He will start the season at Double-A Bowie along with the Orioles' 2011 top pick, Dylan Bundy.
Ishikawa, who signed a minor league deal this winter, batted .265 with three RBIs in 34 spring at-bats. He is expected to get a lot of playing time at first base at Triple-A Norfolk.
Robinson played in 10 games and had four hits in 11 at-bats. He missed three weeks while playing for Canada in the
Around the horn
Showalter said he has talked to reliever Mark Hendrickson about potential plans for the season. No decision has been made, but Hendrickson, 38, is expected to remain with the Orioles until the end of camp as he works on becoming a side-armer. He likely will begin the season at Triple-A Norfolk or Double-A Bowie, which is closer to his York, Pa., home. … Admission to the Orioles' 2 p.m. game Friday at Ed Smith Stadium against the State College of Florida will be free. However, reserved tickets for seating near the visiting dugout will be sold for $5 with proceeds benefitting SCF Manatees Athletics. Parking in the East Lot will also be free. …