Jair Jurrjens said late last week that he didn’t expect he’d have his physical in Baltimore until at least mid-week. I am being told it likely will be Thursday and could bleed into Friday before an announcement is made. Nothing unusual there.
Jurrjens agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal last week and will compete for a rotation spot. He has minor league options remaining, so he can be sent down if he doesn’t make the big league club.
The Orioles have signed another outfielder with major league experience to a minor league deal. This time it is 28-year-old right-handed hitting Chris Pettit, who played briefly for the Los Angeles Angels in 2009 and 2011.
Like Adam Greenberg, Pettit will not get an official invite to major league camp. The Angels’ former minor league player of the year in 2007, Pettit played in the Seattle Mariners and Colorado Rockies organization in 2012.
He’s a career .280 hitter with a .364 on-base percentage in six minor league seasons.
** According to Baseball America, the Orioles also signed two right-handed relievers to minor league deals – Manny Delcarmen and Rob Delaney.
Delcarmen, 30, pitched for the Boston Red Sox for parts of six seasons and last appeared in the majors in 2010 with the Colorado Rockies. He is 11-8 with a 3.97 ERA in 298 games in relief as a big leaguer. He spent all of last year with the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.
Delaney, 28, has pitched five games in the majors: one with the Minnesota Twins in 2010 and four with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. He pitched the entire 2012 season with the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate.
** The Orioles have hired Frank Kolarek to do scouting in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland.
Kolarek, 60, is a graduate of Mount St. Joseph and the University of Maryland and was a minor league catcher in the Oakland A’s organization. He previously worked with Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kolarek’s son Adam is a left-handed reliever in the New York Mets organization.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun