Tag:Jake Arrieta
Posted on: September 15, 2010 12:30 am

Arrieta may be shut down

Jake Arrieta Jake Arrieta may be shut down for the season, bringing an end to a successful year that saw the 24-year-old make his major-league debut.

Arrieta blanked the Blue Jays over six innings Tuesday night to move to 6-6 with a 4.66 ERA in 18 starts over 100 1/3 innings. Arrieta also has 73 innings of work down in Triple-A, posting a sterling 1.85 ERA.

"He’s at 176-ish right now. 180-ish is probably the limit you take him," manager Buck Showalter said of Arrieta's pitch limits to the Baltimore Sun . "He’s about 20-plus over, so that’s a real quality question. If he hears something about that, he’ll hear it from me first. Ask me tomorrow.”

While the Orioles have never publicized their pitch count barometers, the Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec notes that the Orioles consider anything higher than 30 innings over the previous limit dangerous. For Arrieta, that's 150 2/3 innings reached in 2009.

"I definitely don't want to be shut down," Arrieta contradicted, unsurprisingly. "I'd like to finish the season out with everybody. The rest of the guys are going to be here working for the last two or three weeks of the season and I want to be doing the same thing. But anytime you finish the season you want to finish on a high note.

"If something like that were to happen, an outing like this is a good one to end on. But I'd like to make my last two starts.”

Given the Orioles may be nearing limits on Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz, Baltimore would likely slot in a veteran pitcher to keep the current six-man rotation intact. Rick VandenHurk is the most likely replacement, although Mark Hendrickson, Troy Patton or Pedro Viola could also be tabbed.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 3, 2010 4:42 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 4:47 pm

O's will give Tillman another start

Chris Tillman
The next step in the back-and-forth career of Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman will apparently be a start in Baltimore this weekend. The Baltimore Sun reports that the right-hander is expected to move up from Triple-A Norfolk and start Sunday.

Tillman hasn't had success at the major-league level in his second season, going 1-4 with a 7.92 ERA in six starts. He got off to a big start in Norfolk this year, including a no-hitter, and joined the big-league rotation at the end of May. He played himself out of that role in four starts as he went 0-3 and failed to make it past two innings in two of them. He was recalled to replace injured Kevin Millwood in July, but in his second start back he was hammered for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings and he went back down.

Tillman, a second-round draft pick who came to Baltimore from Seattle in the Erik Bedard deal, is still just 22 and it's not time to give up on him. The Orioles have nothing to lose by letting him work things out at the big-league level at the end of this lost season, and it will give new manager Buck Showalter a chance to evaluate him before next spring.

If Tillman pitches Sunday, that would buy an extra day of rest for Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Brad Bergesen. The Sun said this doesn't necessarily mean the Orioles are going to a six-man rotation, but at this point it's not clear what their plans are.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: August 13, 2010 12:35 pm

Orioles may move to six-man rotation

Kevin Millwood The Orioles may move to a six-man rotation in September, reports the Baltimore Sun .

Baltimore, suddenly surging under new manager Buck Showalter, has several young pitchers in the minors that need to be evaluated for 2011. Those include Zach Britton, Chris Tillman and recent Marlins import Rick VandenHurk. One possible answer is a six-man rotation.

"It’s something that we have kicked around a little bit depending on what the needs of the guys are,” Showalter said. “I don’t think we’re at that point. We’ll try to let them finish off the year and when we get to September, we’ll see what’s best for everybody.”

However, as Jeff Zrebiec says, veteran pitchers Kevin Millwood (pictured) and Jeremy Guthrie want to pitch on schedule. Moving to a six-man rotation would upset them. Further complicating things is the fact that the O's have an off-day every week for the next five weeks, reducing the need for a six-man rotation and even a five-man.

There remains room to incorporate Tillman, Britton and VandenHurk, though. For one, the team could shut down Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta, two young pitchers who are creeping up on pitching more innings than they should. Britton is in a similar position, so he may not even be a consideration. That leaves Tillman, who definitely needs some additional starts in the majors to prepare for a potential ascension in 2011. VandenHurk, as noted previously, is a newcomer to the organization. Evaluation at a major-league level would give the Orioles a far better understanding what he can do for the squad in 2011.

The Orioles are going nowhere, so their main focus shouldn't be on Millwood or Guthrie. For one, Millwood is an impending free agent while Guthrie doesn't have the cachet to demand taking the ball every fifth day. Baltimore needs to build for the future -- and the future includes a bevy of young starters who deserve looks in the majors.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 3:22 pm

Grudzielanek, Wright released

Infielder Mark Grudzielanek and right-hander Jamey Wright, veterans designated for assignment in the past week by the Indians, have been released after clearing waivers and become free agents. The Plain Dealer reports that Grudzielanek, who has an injured hamstring, was given the option of instead going on the 60-day DL but declined because he wants to see whether he can catch on elsewhere.

Grudzielanek, 39, batted .273 with no extra-base hits. Wright, a 36-year-old journeyman who has played for seven teams, went 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in 18 appearances.

Another roster note: Reliever Alberto Castillo was the odd man out today when the Orioles needed a roster spot for right-hander Jake Arrieta, who makes his major league debut starting against the Yankees. Castillo was designated for assignment.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 10:13 am
Edited on: June 9, 2010 10:16 am

Arrieta could debut for Orioles

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun is hearing that right-hander Jake Arrieta is likely to make his major league debut on Thursday against the Yankees. Jeremy Guthrie is currently listed as the starter for that game, but could be pushed back a day with Brian Matusz going Saturday. The Orioles currently have no starter listed for Saturday after announcing that Brad Bergesen was being banished to the bullpen.

Arrieta, 25, is 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA this season for Triple-A Norfolk.

-- David Andriesen

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