Orioles vs. Blue Jays – Arrieta optioned

*In case you missed it earlier, the Orioles optioned starter Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk and have recalled right-handed reliever Alex Burnett –to help bolster the bullpen — in his place. Manager Buck Showalter stressed that Arrieta was only sent down because they need bullpen help, although Arrieta’s partly to blame given that he’s been unable to go deep into the game this year.

The Orioles are optimistic the incredibly talented Arrieta will figure it out down below and be back up again soon. The issue isn’t physical or mechanical and it’s really just controlling his emotions and not letting high-anxiety situations become just that. Arrieta’s main problem has been command — he’s been unhittable one inning and walking two or three guys the next– which has been frustrating for everyone involved. Right now, there’s no talk of moving him to the bullpen and he will continue to start for Triple-A.

In the meantime, Burnett has had three days off and will give the Orioles some length, if needed, for the next few days. The team needs a starter for Wednesday –due to Friday’s rainout– and they won’t start anyone in the rotation up here on short rest. It’s also unlikely they use a reliever to make a spot start, which means it’s probable someone will be promoted from Triple-A Norfolk. Arrieta wouldn’t be eligible within 10 days unless there’s an injury situation and Jair Jurrjens just pitched yesterday which eliminates him.  Freddy Garcia is slated to pitch Tuesday for Norfolk –who is off today– and Zach Britton is lined up to start Wednesday and both could be options to pitch for the Orioles.
Munenori Kawasaki SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
J.P. Arencibia C
Colby Rasmus CF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Emilio Bonifacio 2B

J.A. Happ LHP

Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Pearce DH
Nolan Reimold LF
Alexi Casilla 2B

Chris Tillman RHP


What are your thoughts on T.J. McFarland? I am an Indians fan, and was a bit sad to see him go. He looks to have thrown the ball well so far. You think he might be an option as a starter down the road?

Down the road, perhaps. Right now, they really like him in that long relief spot. He’s done well.

I liked what I saw of him when he was in Akron. If he hadn’t been hurt a few years ago, never know if he’d be in Cleveland now. But I like he has done well for Baltimore.

Steve Pearce and Alexi Casilla need to be replaced.. they are not hitting and it is a rally killing end of the lineup

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