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Jair Jurrjens heading back to Norfolk after pitching Saturday vs. Yankees

To make room for Brian Roberts on the roster, the Orioles designated right-hander Jair Jurrjens off the 25-man roster. He’ll clear option waivers and report to Triple-A Norfolk after 72 hours. Jurrjens said he’ll take some time off before reporting.

Jurrjens relieved left-hander Zach Britton in the Orioles’ 11-3 win over the Yankees on Saturday night, pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing three hits and striking out one.

“We need to make a roster move to put B-Rob on the roster, and I was the guy coming out from the bullpen yesterday,” Jurrjens said Sunday. “I’m not really used to that role, and I’m the odd guy out.”

The Orioles signed Jurrjens to a minor league contract this offseason. Before Saturday, he made one other appearance in the majors in a May 18 start against Tampa Bay. He allowed four runs in five innings and picked up a no decision, but the Orioles lost that game.

Jurrjens is 5-5 with a 4.06 ERA in 14 starts at Norfolk this season. He’s pitched one complete game and allowed 42 runs on 84 hits in 84 1/3 innings. Opponents are batting .263 against him.

Showalter said Jurrjens wouldn’t have been available to pitch until after Tuesday, since he pitched for the Tides on Wednesday before appearing for the Orioles after only two days off.

“We made that decision that he probably wouldn’t be a pitcher for us on Tuesday with the wear and tear he’s had the last four days,” Showalter said.

The 27-year-old said he wants to remain with the organization, but would be willing to listen if another team was interested in him.

But for now, Jurrjens’ next stop is Norfolk.

“Keep rolling with the punches,” Jurrjens said. “There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s just part of the job and go back and keep working hard and be ready for the next chance.”

Wada impresses

After an uneven rehab assignment where he posted an ERA of 8.14, left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada turned in his third consecutive solid start for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Wada received his third no decision in as many games, but he allowed two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings against Gwinnett. He struck out six and walked two.

“The narrative that [Tides manager Ron Johnson] gave is that he’s kind of settling in a little bit, starting to impress some,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s another option that’s starting to present itself.”

Since allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits in 1 1/3 innings at Indianapolis on June 11, Wada has pitched at least five innings and allowed two or fewer runs in each of his past three starts. He’s struck out 14 and walked four in that span while allowing five hits in each appearance.

For the season, he’s 1-4 with a 5.74 ERA in nine starts. He signed a two-year deal with $8.14 million with the Orioles before the 2012 season, but he’s never pitched for the team after having Tommy John surgery last May.

“He’s starting to hit his step a little bit down there,” Showalter said. “That’s really heartening for us to see because he could really help us.”

Baltimore Sun reporters Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina contributed to this article.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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