Jurrjens calls tightness in chest "super scary"

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm •  Published: July 5, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Jair Jurrjens was breathing a little easier Saturday after the tightness in his chest turned out to be nothing more than a scare.

The newly acquired Colorado Rockies pitcher was taken to a nearby hospital following his start Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers after struggling to catch his breath.

Jurrjens said X-rays and blood work revealed nothing out of the ordinary and his shortness of breath may simply be due to the altitude in the Mile High City.

"Super scary," said Jurrjens, who made his first big league start in a year. "Every time I wanted to take a deep breath, I wasn't able to. Just got tighter and tighter."

The 28-year-old was acquired in a trade with Cincinnati on Wednesday to bolster a Rockies rotation ravaged by injuries and never had time to acclimatize to the thin air.

He began struggling to catch his breath in the second inning, even asking for an oxygen mask to use when he was in the dugout. There wasn't one, so he said he took a puff from an oxygen inhaler.

It didn't help. Neither did this: Reaching base on Clayton Kershaw's throwing error in the third. That left Jurrjens winded, too. He was quickly picked off by Kershaw.

"I was having problems after my warm-up pitches," said Jurrjens, who lasted 4 2-3 innings and gave up eight runs. "I took my time, too. That's why I was standing behind the mound, just trying to get my breath."

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