Jurrjens the one to go for Roberts

Jurrjens the one to go for Roberts
June 30, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jair Jurrjens throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the bottom of the second inning of a spring training game at Florida Auto Exchange Park.

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BALTIMORE – When the Orioles activated Brian Roberts off the disabled list, someone had to go, and it was Jair Jurrjens.

Because of a technicality, Jurrjens was designated for assignment off the 25-man roster and not simply optioned to Norfolk. However, he is expected to report to the Tides later this week. He was recalled on Saturday.

Jurrjens threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Zach Britton on Saturday night.

“I’m the odd guy out,” Jurrjens said. It was just the second major league relief appearance for Jurrjens.

“I did my job, and it’s the only thing I can do. If I go back, I just keep working and keep getting better,” Jurrjens said. “There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s just part of the job and be ready for the next chance.”

NOTES: Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles would probably decide later Sunday whether Wei-Yin Chen needs another rehab start after allowing four runs on five hits in five innings at Bowie.

Showalter sent bullpen coach Bill Castro to the game to monitor Chen, who hasn’t pitched since May 12 with a strained left oblique.

“He’s been almost two months without pitching. We’ve come a long way. He’s close,” Showalter said

-Tsuyoshi Wada allowed two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings on Saturday night for Norfolk. He struck out six and walked two.

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

-Eddie Gamboa, a knuckleballer, pitched a seven-inning no-hitter for Bowie in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. The second game was postponed because of wet conditions. Nolan Reimold, in likely the final game of his rehab assignment for the Baysox, hit a home run.