In the Orioles’ attempt to remold right-hander Jair Jurrjens into his past All-Star form, progress comes in small phases.

The Orioles have some time — and they’re proving to have patience — especially considering spring training is longer this season.

And while Jurrjens’ final line in Tuesday afternoon’s 6-6 tie with the Toronto Blue Jays wasn’t pretty — he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings — it was another step forward as he tries to build strength in his surgically repaired right knee.

“He’s getting there,” Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair said. “He’s still a ways away from what he was before he had the knee problems. He’s getting closer, but I don’t think he’s anywhere near what he’s going to be. He’s starting to get through some pitches a little better. You’re seeing a little more finish down in the strike zone when he’s right.”

In his previous spring appearance Thursday against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, the 27-year-old Jurrjens lasted just one inning and threw only 13 of his 34 pitches for strikes.

On Tuesday, Jurrjens was one pitch away from completing three scoreless innings against a lineup full of Blue Jays starters. But when Jurrjens issued a two-out, full-count walk to Anthony Gose in the fifth inning, the flood gates opened. After walking Gose, Jurrjens allowed four straight hits, beginning with an RBI triple by Emilio Bonifacio that hugged the right-field line. Toronto’s three-run rally that forced Jurrjens from the game before the end of the inning.

“I felt the ball was coming out really good,” Jurrjens said. “Just the walks have been a problem for me, especially with two outs. When you walk a guy with two outs, [it seems] he’s going to come around to score somehow.”