The Dodgers have apparently added some more veteran pitching depth, signing Jair Jurrjens to a minor league contract, per Hudson Belinsky of Baseball America and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
The 31-year-old right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2014 with the Rockies. He made 16 starts for the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in 2016, posting a 5.38 ERA in an injury-plagued season that saw him get released in August.
Jurrjens, like Kenley Jansen a native of Willemstad, Curacao, pitched in three games for Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, including two starts. He was 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 11⅓ innings, with nine strikeouts and four walks.
He pitched in relief at Dodger Stadium on March 20 in the Netherlands’ semifinal loss to Puerto Rico.
The Dodgers on Monday signed veteran Justin Masterson to a minor league deal, and he was already pitching in a game on the back fields at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
In parts of eight big league seasons with the Tigers, Braves, Orioles and Rockies, Jurrjens posted a 3.72 ERA (109 ERA+) and 4.03 FIP in 767⅓ innings, with 514 strikeouts and 264 walks.