By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
11:07 AM EST, February 16, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Jair Jurrjens, signed to a minor league contract Friday evening, joined spring training camp this morning for the team’s first full squad workout of the spring.
Jurrjens, who initially agreed to a major league deal worth $1.5 million pending a physical, settled for a minor league contract with spring training invite when his physical raised health concerns.
“There’s no hard feelings,” Jurrjens said before Saturday’s workout. “That’s part of the business.”
Jurrjens will compete for a rotation spot, but since he’s signed to a minor league contract, the team could easily send him to Triple-A Norfolk.
Jurrjens was on the provisional World Baseball Classic roster for the Netherlands team, but said that he decided Friday that he wouldn’t pitch in the WBC.
“Because of the way the contract is structured now, I really want to be here,” he said. “It was tough because I wanted to play with everyone I grew up with [in Curacao] but I told them that I would play the next time it comes around.”
Also, reliever Luis Ayala said he still has no decision on whether he’s pitching for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Ayala said he’s awaiting a call from Mexico coach Teddy Higuera. The Mexican team’s roster is currently in limbo because the Mexican Baseball League is currently not allowing its players to play for Team Mexico in the WBC.
“I’m just waiting for a call,” Ayala said.
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