Arrieta stays, Gonzalez goes for Hunter
As expected, the Orioles recalled right-hander Tommy Hunter from Triple-A Norfolk to starter Saturday’s game, opting to option right-handed reliever Miguel Gonzalez to Norfolk instead of struggling starter Jake Arrieta.
Hunter, 25, is 2-3 with a 5.59 ERA (58.0IP, 36ER) in 10 starts for the Orioles this season. A part of the Opening Day rotation, he started well but has struggled to keep the ball down in the zone, allowing 13 homers in 58 Major League innings.
Gonzalez last pitched Thursday, tossing four innings after lefty starter Brian Matusz went two innings. He made his Major league debut with the Orioles on May 29 at Toronto and appeared in two games, allowing two earned runs over 7 1/3 innings pitched.
The move leaves Arrieta to work out his problems with Baltimore. The 26-year-old Arrieta, who was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter is 0-6 with a 9.34 ERA over his last seven starts. By his own admission, Arrieta is marred in the worst stretch of his career, and allowed career highs of nine runs on 11 hits as the Phillies opened the three-game Interleague series with a 9-6 victory on Friday at Camden Yards.
Since the Orioles don’t need a fifth starter again until June 16, Arrieta will work out of the bullpen.