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Jordan had been shelved after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery. While that made a 60-day DL placement appear to be a viable strategy for freeing a roster spot, the club evidently decided it was time to cut ties altogether.
That’s a disappointing outcome given the promise that Jordan showed back in 2013, when he posted a 3.66 ERA over 51 2/3 innings. Over those nine starts, he ran up a 57.5% groundball rate and 5.1 K/9 against 1.9 BB/9.
Jordan was able to post over 100 solid frames last year at Triple-A, and was off to a nice start in three outings in 2016. Then came the diagnosis of another ulnar collateral ligament tear, with Jordan undergoing surgery in late May.