WASHINGTON -- The Colorado Rockies, with injuries and poor performances, are getting desperate for pitching. And that mostly includes starting pitching. Colorado entered play Wednesday with a team ERA of 4.99, the worst in the National League, and used 12 starting pitchers this year.
Colorado made a trade Wednesday that involved two current minor league players. But the player that the Rockies acquired -- pitcher Jair Jurrjens -- has extensive major league experience as a starting pitcher.
Jurrjens came up through the Detroit farm system and made his big league debut with the Tigers in 2007.
He was part of the Atlanta Braves' rotation from 2008-12 and led the league in starts with 34 in 2009 when he won a career-high 14 games. He also won 13 games in 2011.
Jurrjens was then picked up by the Baltimore Orioles before the 2013 season. The right-hander pitched in two games for the Orioles last season and was with the Cincinnati Reds' farm system when he was traded Wednesday to the Rockies for Double-A first baseman Harold Riggins, who was hitting .263 with seven homers and 25 RBIs for Tulsa in the Texas League.
Jurrjens is slated to report to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He is 53-37 with an ERA of 3.63 in his major league career.