MLB notes: Rockies' Jurrjens OK after struggling to breathe

Jair Jurrjens #41 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a game at...

Jair Jurrjens #41 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a game at Coors Field on July 4, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Dodgers led the Rockies 8-0 after the sixth inning. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images/AFP)

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Colorado Rockies pitcher Jair Jurrjens felt better Saturday, a day after he was hospitalized for tightness in his chest.

Jurrjens, 28, struggled to catch his breath during his start at Coors Field on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

X-rays and blood work revealed nothing serious and his shortness of breath may have been caused by the effects from the high altitude in Denver.

“Super scary,” Jurrjens said. “Every time I wanted to take a deep breath, I wasn’t able to. Just got tighter and tighter.”

It was Jurrjens’ first start of the season. He was acquired in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

He started struggling to breathe in the second inning and took a puff from an oxygen inhaler.

“I was having problems after my warmup pitches,” Jurrjens said. “I took my time, too. That’s why I was standing behind the mound, just trying to get my breath.”

Jurrjens gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings but did not consider coming out of the game before that.

“I’m not going to make excuses to get out of the game,” he said. “I just need to get used to (the elevation) and that’s it.”

Jurrjens has pitched at Coors Field in the past when he played for the Atlanta Braves, but said it did not bother him then.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that he believes stress contributed to Jurrjens’ condition. It was his first major-league start since June 29, 2013.

“People react differently when they get here, with the altitude and everything,” Weiss said. “I think that was part of it. Everything was probably moving real fast for him. All of a sudden he was here and starting in a big-league game again. I’m sure things were spinning.”

Jurrjens is working with the team’s strength coach to prepare for his next start in the high altitude on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.

HALO OF A TRADE

The Los Angeles Angels acquired left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor-league outfielder Zach Borenstein and right-hander Joey Krehbiel on Saturday.

The trade gives the Angels added depth as they look to compete for a playoff spot in the American League. The deal gives the struggling Diamondbacks some minor-league help.

Thatcher is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA, 25 strikeouts and three walks in 24 innings this season. Thatcher has held left-handed hitters to a .240 batting average.

Campana, who can play centre field, is batting .246 with a .294 on-base percentage in 462 plate appearances over four seasons in the major leagues. He has also stolen 66 bases in 74 attempts in his career. He is expected to come off the bench.

Borenstein, who will be 24 this month, is the Angels’ ninth-best prospect, according to MLB.com. He has split time between double-A Arkansas and triple-A Salt Lake this season.

Borenstein was named the Angels’ minor-league player of the year in 2013 after being awarded the California League’s Most Valuable Player. He batted .337 with 28 home runs and 95 RBIs for single-A Inland Empire.

Krehbiel, 21, has a 2.00 ERA with five saves in 17 appearances combined between low single-A Burlington and high single-A Inland Empire this year.

WRIGHT RETURNS

New York Mets third baseman David Wright was back in the lineup Saturday against the Texas Rangers.

Wright had been out with a bruised rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

The club was hopeful that Wright would return Friday for the start of a 10-game homestand but he was unable to go. Wright missed the final six games of a 1-7 road trip and left the Mets a season-worst 10 games out of first place in the National League East after being swept in a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

Wright was not with the team in Atlanta, instead receiving treatment in New York on his non-throwing shoulder that forced him out of the June 26 game at the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Mets avoided placing Wright on the 15-day disabled list while playing a man short for the past seven games. Eric Campbell filled in for Wright at third base.

Wright had a 10-game hitting streak in which he was batting .385 with two home runs and seven RBIs despite dealing with discomfort in the shoulder for more than two weeks.

For the season, Wright is batting .277 with six homers and 41 RBIs.


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