Arrieta on the late scratch
This is what Jake Arrieta had to say following last night’s scratch which he called one of the most bizarre nights he ever had…
“I was called in there an hour before gametime and they said, ‘You’re not starting.’ They gave me the rundown of how the game was going to start out. They said if you pitch you’re going to come out of the pen, and that’s all the information they gave me. They didn’t say anything else. They’re just following orders from higher up. That’s all I knew, that’s all they knew.”
[was it frustrating?]
“With the lack of information you feel like there are a lot of unanswered questions, but I’m sure the answers will come in the future.”
“I think there’s a good reason why they did what they did, but it’s a reason I don’t know.”
Tides manager Bobby Dickerson said he got a call at about 6 p.m.
“I was told by the farm director to use my pitchers in that order,” he said. “That’s all I knew. All I was privy to was to scratch him from the start.”