BALTIMORE - In Jair Jurrjens' Baltimore Orioles debut Saturday, he gave up four runs on six hits in five innings and had a no-decision. Now, he is headed back to Class-AAA Norfolk.
The Orioles needed to make room on the 25-man roster for returning starter Miguel Gonzalez, prompting Jurrjens' demotion.
Jurrjens has done well in Norfolk this season, going 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in eight outings. He declined comment before Tuesday's game after learning of the move.
"We need some length in our bullpen," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "Jair's not available to do that tonight. As always, we're going to lean on protecting our bullpen."
Right-hander Jake Arrieta and lefty T.J. McFarland were both available out of the bullpen on Tuesday and are both candidates to start on Thursday in Toronto. According to a FoxSports.com report Tuesday night, Orioles prospect Kevin Gausman is a strong possibility to get Thursday's start.
Jurrjens had a minor-league option and Showalter said Jurrjens could be back in 10 days when he is eligible to return to the majors.
However, Showalter said he believes either is capable of doing the job.
"We'll see how the next couple days go," Showalter said.
NOT IN THE FIELD: For the second time this season, and just the third time in his career, Adam Jones started at designated hitter for the Orioles Tuesday. Showalter said Jones told him he felt some soreness in his right leg after Monday's game, and Showalter decided it would be best to have him at DH.
"I didn't like the way he described it," Showalter said. "He feels good today."
Jones said he'd rather be in center field, but he tries his best to stay focused as the DH.
"I try to keep myself as loose as possible, it's not as easy when you're not in center field," Jones said. "But where there's a will, there's a way. I'll be ready to hit when I get in the box."
INJURY UPDATES: Showalter said left fielder Nolan Reimold may travel with the club to Toronto and take early batting practice, rather than report to Sarasota, Fla. Reimold was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week with a strained right hamstring.
Showalter said the next step for Reimold would be a rehab assignment.
Showalter added that backup catcher Taylor Teagarden's dislocated left thumb is getting better and he may be ready to play in an extended spring training game as early as Monday.
TROUBLE, TROUBLE: Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Orioles are 0-3 against the Yankees in regular season extra-inning games and split a pair with them in last year's ALDS.
Baltimore is 19-2 in extras against the rest of baseball during that time.
The Orioles' loss Monday was their fourth when leading entering the ninth inning this season. They are 18-4 in those contests.
Last year, Baltimore was 75-1 when leading entering the ninth.