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.


Would you say that the Orioles are sending Gonzalez to Norfolk to build up his arm strength to become a starter?

Yes, I would absolutely say that. He’s fared well and could become an option down the line. –Britt

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to answer!

Arrieta is pitching like he is afraid to lose instead pitching to win. Make an appt. with a sports psychologist and get him straightened out. If not replace him in the rotation with Britton. Andino has been playing like a guy who is waiting for the ball to drop on him. All the hard work to become a starter and the success is going to be taken away. You can see it his body language. It all started when Roberts return was imminent. Andino should at the very least play 3rd base on a regular basis and 2nd when Roberts can’t or he doesn’t produce, which is more likely at age 34 and his condition plus time away from the game. I wish him well and hope Andino is not disrespected and used as a sub. He does not deserve it. O’s 4ever

Britt– re Arrieta: It’s “marred by” or “mired in.” Never “marred in.”

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