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Arrieta will work on improving game speed

There were times Orioles starter Jake Arrieta looked really good, and there were times on Saturday when he struggled to execute and was slow from the stretch.

“Stuff -wise he was in pretty good shape,” manager Buck Showalter said of Arrieta who was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.  “He’s going to have to increase his tempo from the stretch.  [It’s] something he got a lot better at last year. But what happens a lot of time,  they come in here [in camp] and they are working so much on just pitching.”

Arrieta said it’s something he will focus on this upcoming week and is confident he can minimize the jump that baserunners are getting on first base. The Phillies had two stolen bases when Arrieta was on the mound.

“We’ve seen he’s capable of doing it,” Showalter said of Arrieta speeding up that part of his game.  “He’s a real athletic young man. He will get better at it. It shouldn’t be where we have to give a sign that says be quicker to the plate.”

Arrieta walked the first two batters in the fifth and exited one out later. He was charged with four runs, although two of those runs came after on Shane Victorino’s homer off reliever Clay Rapada. Arrieta threw 48 of 79 pitches for strikes on Saturday and was most unhappy about John Mayberry Jr’s second-inning home run.

“I did a really poor job of execution there,” Arrieta said. “[I] pulled a lot of pitches out of the zone, didn’t throw a breaking ball for a strike and ended up having to throw him a fastball that caught too much of the plate. He put a good swing on it. Other than that, the two walks in the fifth, You just can’t walk the eight and nine hitters. You can’t do it, but that’s something I am not too worried about. I know that my command has gotten a lot better and I have been really able situations like that for the most part.
Take those three things out and I think there are a lot of positives in there.”

Arrieta establishes fastball in 2nd start

Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta said Wednesday’s start was a definite improvement over his first outing in Lakeland. Arrieta tossed three innings of one-run baseball against the Twins, allowing only a second-inning solo shot to Twins infielder Luke Hughes.

Arrieta, who also struck out two, was able to work efficiently and a much-improved tempo, which is something the club has stressed. Here’s what he had to say…

[on how he felt}
“I’m getting more comfortable in game situations, guys in the box. The atmosphere of just being more of a big league setting. Just getting more comfortable around in the zone with all my pitches. Breaking balls were a lot better today, a little bit more crisp. Just everything felt better, as I expected it to, my second time out. I only expect it to get better as spring goes on.”
[on being economical]
“[I threw] first pitch strikes and I put those hitters on the defense. Making them feel a little more uncomfortable in the box is my objective.  [I] pounded the zone with the heater, more so in a spring training setting than in the regular season.

Really, [I] just wanted to establish the fastball. That’s, throughout Spring Training, that’s going to my primary objective is to establish that pitch. And work everything else off that. When you are working first-pitch strikes the rate of swing is a lot more frequently. That was the result today.”

[on being able to relax and not do to much given that he’s projected to be in the rotation]
“Yeah. I don’t think that [worrying is] something you need in your mind. Especially when you are going out there and trying to get your work in. I’m really not concerned with that, I’m pretty confident I’m going to be on the team. I said that from Day 1. All I want to do out here is get ready for April 1, 3, 4 whatever it will be. Whatever my start will be. I just want to make sure I’m prepared for that. Today was a good example of the preparation needed to be ready for that Opening Day.”

[on the Hughes pitch]

“It was a 1-0 fastball. I don’t think you could throw it anymore center cut. Just trying to continue to get ahead, pounding the fastball. I might have gone with something else during the year, but right now my concern is just to establish that pitch. You know, he hit it out, put a good swing on it,  but you just got to move on and get the next guy and that’s what I did.”

Orioles pregame notes on Arrieta, Simon and coaches

Orioles rookie Jake Arrieta will not undergo surgery on the bone spur on his right elbow, after a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum (who looked over the MRI images from LA) concluded the same thing the team doctors did. The thought is, don’t fix what’s not broken and the spur doesn’t hamper Arrieta at all right now.

Alfredo Simon’s three-game suspension was reduced to two and he will begin serving that for tonight’s game against the Rays. Having a short ‘pen also makes it likely that Chris Tillman will get Friday’s start in Baltimore, since the Orioles might need the services of long man Rick VandenHurk.

No coaching decisions will be made until after the season, with manager Buck Showalter saying he would “be shocked” if anything was decided on before the World Series. But, Showalter won’t just leave the Orioles current coaches pondering their future for the next four weeks, and will sit down with each of them individually to discuss things before the season concludes on Sunday.

Showalter has an idea of what he’s going to do, but wasn’t going to tip his hand. He did say he was impressed with the work ethic and professionalism from the O’s current staff. If you look at his track record, he doesn’t tend to just dismantle coaching staffs, so while he could want to bring in some of his own people, I wouldn’t be surprised if he retains some of the current crop of coaches.

More pregame notes

*The Orioles have not received Dr. Lewis Yocum’s opinion on Jake Arrieta’s bone spur, so right now the surgical procedure remains on hold. As a quick recap, Arrieta has a spur in his right elbow area that he’s hesitant to remove given that he hasn’t been bothered by it in the past.The O’s have taken the approach that they’d rather be safe and get the procedure done, instead of worrying about it down the road. Yocum is providing a second opinion on Arrieta’s MRI.
*Kevin Millwood will make his final start Wednesday with Thursday and Friday’s starters up in the air. One of those will be Jeremy Guthrie but if the O’s tab Chris Tillman to start, they will give him Thursday. If they go Rick VandenHurk, he will go Friday and Guthrie will go Thursday since VandenHurk pitched on Sunday in Toronto. Tillman will not pitch out of the bullpen if the Os elect to give VandenHurk another start.
*Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen will be the last two games, with Bergesen finishing up the season.
*Jim Johnson is not campaigning to start. He was asked if he liked starting better than relieving, which is a fairly obvious answer for most pitchers. Who wouldn’t like to get four days off and pitch one day? But he is not going to approach manager Buck Showalter about wanting to start. It’s also important to keep in mind Johnson has elbow issues and was available to avoid surgery with rehab. Having him serve as a bridge in the bullpen instead of a starter throwing over 100 pitches an outing, is probably best for the O’s – and JJ – long term.

Orioles/Red Sox lineups and pregame tidbits

*Jake Arrieta may avoid surgery after all.

*Julio Lugo has been cleared to return to baseball activities
and will rejoin the team for Tuesday’s game in Boston. He was given the green light today after being examined in Baltimore.

*Kevin Millwood will start Wednesday’s game with Jeremy
Guthrie tentatively scheduled for Friday’s opener in Toronto. That would leave
Rick VandenHurk as the likely choice for Saturday’s game with Chris Tillman
moving back to Sunday. But nothing is final for the Blue Jays series.


Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B

LHP Brian Matusz

Marco Scutaro 2B
Darnell Mcdonald RF
Victor Martinez 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mike Lowell DH
Jed Lowrie SS
Bill Hall LF
Jason Varitek C
 Ryan Kalish CF

RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka

Arrieta shut down, will remove spur

BALTIMORE– Rookie starter Jake Arrieta will not pitch again for the rest of the season and is tentatively scheduled to have a bone spur on his right elbow removed by team doctor Andrew Cosgarea on Wednesday , a preemptive procedure that the Orioles decided on Saturday.

“The number of innings and the bone spur [at the same time] it just worked out funny like that,” said Arrieta, who finished the season 22 2/3 innings above his previous career high.  “If I didn’t have tightness in my triceps [following Tuesday’s start] this wouldn’t have even been an issue, I probably wouldn’t even have this done.

If Arrieta would get another start was already 50-50 and manager Buck Showalter said the team was leaning toward shutting  Arrieta down following Tuesday’s win, which put him at 173 1/3 innings. Arrieta was dealing with tightness on Wednesday and a precautionary MRI Saturday afternoon revealed no ligament damage, just the bone spur on Arrieta’s right elbow.  Showalter said the team already knew about the spur, which Arrieta estimates he’s had since at least college, but the thought was if they removed it now it wouldn’t disrupt his offseason.

“There was a risk where if I don’t having it done, going into camp I’m fine, maybe May or June it starts to act up a little bit and I’d have to have something done,” Arrieta said of the spur, which has never caused him any pain, just some soreness. “I just think it’s the best route to where I don’t miss any time.”

Added Showalter:”[Arrieta’s] in a real good spot inning-wise. He’s healthy. One of the first things he heard is guys taking about how good the ligament looks and everything.”

The procedure could actually help Arrieta -who went 6-6 with a 4.66 ERA in 18 starts for Baltimore -and his performance in the long run.  The 24-year-old said he was told he would have an improved range of motion and could add a tick of velocity once he’s fully recovered, which is expected to be around mid-October.

“In the big pictures of things it’s not that disappointing. I would have liked to make that start [Tuesday at Boston], but if it’s going to be beneficial for my career and my future to shut it down and have this done now,  then I’m all for it,” said Arrieta, who credits cleaning up his mechanics for his solid end of the season numbers.

“It’s not worth jeopardizing your future over one start.”

Asked to reflect on his rookie season, Arrieta said he would call it a success, and Showalter –who took the reins on Aug. 2 — agreed.

“You can see why people are high on him,” Showalter said of Arrieta, who tossed six scoreless innings in his final outing. “I can see why he’s had challenges at time too…he knows he’s going to come in next year. And he’s got a chance to make our club.”

Tuesday’s start at Fenway Park wil now be either long man Rick VandenHurk or Wednesday’s starter, Brad Bergesen. The O’s are already on a six-man rotation, so Bergesen wouldn’t have to pitch on short rest and Showalter said much of the order of those two depends on if VandenHurk is used in Saturday’s game or not.

Os/Jays lineups and pregame tidbits

*Touted prospect Kyle Drabek will make his Major League debut tonight as the Orioles go for the sweep…

*Brian Roberts is back in the lineup after taking a day to rest his right knee, which was struck by a pitch in his eighth inning at-bat on Monday night. Luke Scott is at first so just manager Buck Showalter can get another look at him there, and have Corey Patterson in the lineup.

*Jake Arrieta will throw a bullpen on Saturday and depending on how that goes, could make his next start in Boston. The original thought was he would be shut down after last night’s start, but the Orioles want him to pitch in Fenway Park, since he has yet to do that. Actually, technically he has pitched at Fenway, facing Pawtucket while with Triple-A Norfolk. But, you get the gist.

*Brian Matusz felt good playing some long toss with Jeremy Guthrie today and said he’s on track to make his next start, which would be Monday at Boston. Matusz took yesterday off after leaving Monday’s start with a left triceps contusion.

*Julio Lugo, who is suffering from sinus isuses and headaches, will see an ENT on Friday afternoon and won’t be available for the week. Lugo and the Orioles hope to know more after that appointment.

Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Luke Scott 1B
Felix Pie LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt WIeters C
Corey Patterson DH
Cesar Izturis SS

Brad Bergesen RHP

DeWayne Wise RF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista 3B
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
John Buck C
Travis Snider LF

RHP Kyle Drabek

Tillman on his way, Os will go to 6-man

BALTIMORE — Chris Tillman is expected to arrive in Baltimore on Friday night and he will likely make his next scheduled start on Sunday for the Orioles.

Manager Buck Showalter said Friday afternoon that plan is not definite yet, but acknowledged it was what would probably happen. Given that the Orioles have several young arms reaching their innings limit, inserting Tillman in the rotation would give the team a chance to go to a six-man rotation to help get through the season’s final month.  It would also move the rest of the current rotation back a day, putting Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Brad Bergesen in line to pitch next week’s series in New York, which starts on Monday.

Long reliever Rick VandenHurk is also someone the organization wants to get a look at in a starting role, and he could make several spot starts in September.  VandenHurk was acquired for the Marlins in a deadline deal with the Marlins and the O’s could chose to skip a starters schedule turn entirely or just push back the rotation again to give VandenHurk a look.

The 22-year-old Tillman went 1-4 with a 7.92 ERA in two separate stints with the Orioles this season. He pitched to a 3.34 ERA for Triple-A Norfolk, posting an 11-7 record in 21 starts.

Os/Red Sox lineups and pregame tidbits

*Brian Matusz was named AL Rookie of the Month for August. In six August starts, Matusz went 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA (37.0IP, 10ER).

*Adam Jones and Corey Patterson are not in the starting lineup and both outfielders are pretty banged up. Jones has been dealing with upper back soreness and left last night’s game prior to taking his scheduled at-bat in the seventh, while Patterson has been getting treatment on his neck and shoulder area after crashing into the wall in Chicago and again in Anaheim. Manager Buck Showalter will try to stay away from both of them, with Nolan Reimold getting an outfield start. While Patterson said he could maybe pinch run, Jones is a little more beat up and may be out for another day or two.

*Double-A Bowie outfielder Xavier Avery was added to the Arizona Fall League roster and will join the O’s Scottsdale team.

*Oh, and Jake Arrieta shaved his mustache, which I know is a big deal around here. He also lost a bet with catcher Matt Wieters that he’d keep it til the end of the year and had to fork over some money to him this afternoon. 

Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Felix Pie CF
Matt Wieters C
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B

Brad Bergesen RHP

Marco Scutaro SS
JD Drew RF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jed Lowrie 2B
Mike Lowell 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Ryan Kalish CF

Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP

News and Notes

*Third overall pick Manny Machado went 0-for-3 with a strikeout today in the Orioles Gulf Coast League game. Machado served at DH and is expected to play the field next week. He’s been working out with offensive coordinator and roving infield instructor Mike Bordick, who has been impressed in his first look at the 18-year-old Machado.

*Jim Johnson will be activated for tonight’s game in Anaheim. Manager Buck Showalter said he would try to stay away from going back-to-back with Johnson, but he’s not going to baby him either. Showalter said they wouldn’t have activated him if he wasn’t a full-go, so expect him to be in the back half of the bullpen soon, if not right away.

Johnson (right elbow inflammation) is on the 60-day disabled list and
will need to be added to the team’s 40-man roster. Given that Jason
Berken is done for the season with a slight tear in his right labrum,
the expected move is to shift him from the 15 to the 60-day DL.

*Chris Tillman struggled for Triple-A Norfolk last night, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and not making it out of the third inning. Still, the 22-year-old Tillman is expected to be a September callup.  Prior to last night, he had been pitching well at Norfolk and it’s time for the Orioles, and new manager Buck Showalter, to see what they have in Tillman.

*Double-A Bowie’s win last night pushes the Baysox to 69-62 on the season, though
they remain 1 1/2 games behind Harrisburg for third place and the final
playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Western Division. The O’s are hoping the Baysox can make the postseason, and it would provide an easy place for David Hernandez (left ankle sprain) to get in a rehab outing or two.

*I wrote last night about Jake Arrieta’s struggle with location, but here are some numbers that might have gotten lost along the way. In 83 Major League innings, he has issued 46 walks against 39
strikeouts. Arrieta has walked at least two batters in all 15 of his
starts — he has walked four or more in five outings. Last night, he issued three free passes in the first inning and while he only escaped with one run, it’s still something that needs to be addressed, and improved upon, for next season.

“You look at his history and his track record in the Minor Leagues, he didn’t have as much of a problem,” Showalter said of Arrieta’s location issues. “Guys are more selective up here. They tick off some two-strike pitches and they make you make them again and again. It’s part of the process but we’ve also seen some really good things from him. You can see that at times that he really grasps it. Stuff is not an issue.”

*One final sidenote: I won’t be in Anaheim as I’m in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a friend’s wedding this weekend instead. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s my second wedding in two weekends. But, as always all your Orioles news and notes will be on the website and in the very capable hands of associate reporter Evan Drellich.