The Baltimore Orioles made a pair of roster moves Saturday. First, they recalled Jair Jurrjens, who is set to start Saturday afternoon against the Rays. The second move, however, was a bit unexpected. Right-hander Jake Arrieta was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, the club announced Saturday.
Arrieta was sent down to Triple-A in late April as he has repeatedly failed to meet expectations -- as Danny Knobler noted at the time. The 27-year-old had a 6.63 ERA through four starts, giving him a career 5.40 ERA in 353 1/3 innings.
In three starts for Triple-A Norfolk, Arrieta went 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. He only walked three. He hasn't pitched since May 7 due to elbow tenderness but was slated to start Saturday.
For now, the Orioles are saying Arrieta is in the bullpen. Freddy Garcia is set to start Monday with the Orioles hoping Miguel Gonzalez (thumb blister) will be ready to start Tuesday. But it's always possible Arrieta starts either or those days, assuming he's not needed in the bullpen Saturday or Sunday.
The corresponding moves to Jurrjens and Arrieta's activations were to place Nolan Reimold on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury and to demote reliever Alex Burnett to Triple-A Norfolk. And with Jurrjens added to the 40-man roster, the Orioles have placed Brian Roberts on the 60-day disabled list.