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Arrieta late scratch in Norfolk

Update: It’s looking like Arrieta isn’t coming up. He was on stand by as the Orioles entertained the thought of using him. I’m not sure what the thought process was. But he could pitch out of relief for the Tides to keep his arm on schedule.

This could be nothing. But as about 6:50 p.m. ET Jake Arrieta was still scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Norfolk. He was a very late scratch and I’m told he’s still with the team in the dugout right now. Could the call come soon? I think so. 

I’m told he was throwing in the bullpen and playing long toss, so it doesn’t appear to be an injury. If he was sick, he would be allowed to leave the game. It’s important to note that Brad Bergesen was moved to the bullpen and will be skipped for at least his next start. Very interesting stuff, given that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail hinted at a pending roster move yesterday.

This is looking like a call-up scenario, possibly to help shore up the ‘pen and then to assume a rotation spot. Or he could pitch solely out of relief. I think a lot of that has to do how Bergesen reacts. Arrieta is 6-2 with a 1.91 ERA. If the Orioles do recall him, they will have to make a corresponding move on their 40-man since Arrieta is not on the roster. 

Yankees/Orioles Lineups and tidbits

*Spoke with Mike Gonzalez on the phone yesterday. He’s pain free and expects to throw an inning Saturday either a simulated game or extended spring game. The timetable for his return is June 14, although it could be the series after the Os return from the West Coast.
*Jake Arrieta continues to make a push at Triple-A Norfolk. If you missed it, I wrote about him and Chris Tillman yesterday.
*Brian Roberts is progressing well at extended Spring Training and will play in a game on June 4.  The plan is for him to play five innings and get a few at-bats.
*Felix Pie will start to throw down in Sarasota. He has not participated in any baseball-related activities since being diagnosed with an upper back strain.

ORIOLES LINEUP:

Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brian Matusz LHP

YANKEES LINEUP:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Curtis Granderson CF
Kevin Russo LF
Javier Vazquez RHP

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*Spoke with Mike Gonzalez on the phone yesterday. He’s pain free and expects to throw an inning Saturday either a simulated game or extended spring game.
*Jake Arrieta continues to make a push at Triple-A Norfolk.
*Brian Roberts is progressing well at extended Spring Training and will play in a game on June 4.  The plan is for him to play five innings and get a few at-bats.
ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brian Matusz LHP
YANKEES LINEUP:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Curtis Granderson CF
Kevin Russo LF
Javier Vazquez RHP

Greetings from New York

Greetings from the new Yankee Stadium!
The tarp’s on the field here at Yankee Stadium (just in time to catch a quick downpour) but I’m hoping the Yankees-Orioles game will start on time.

This is a big start for Brian Matusz, the talented lefty who has just looked off his last few starts. This is a place –and a lineup– where the game can get away from you in a hurry. The first inning will be crucial for Matusz tonight.

In case you missed it, I wrote yesterday about some hope for the future, namely Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman. Two great kids with great futures in baseball.

Koji's status could effect Tillman, Arrieta

Orioles reliever Koji Uehara wasn’t available for the third consecutive game on Saturday and is dealing with right elbow pain similar to the injury that ended his 2009 campaign.  Uehara said he first felt something during Wednesday’s 30-pitch outing in Texas and although nothing is official, the Orioles right-hander could be facing another trip to the disabled list. Uehara hasn’t pitched since Wednesday, leaving an already-short Orioles bullpen further depleted.

The question is what do the Orioles do now? Koji has to go to the DL if he can’t pitch (which would be his 4th trip to the DL since last May). And Trembley said he wouldn’t be available tomorrow which again leaves the bullpen in a bind. They’ve had to get 40 outs in the last three days and with Alberto Castillo being optioned back following Thursday’s loss, you really can’t blame Trembley for the decision to leave in Brad Bergesen in the sixth and then go to long man Mark Hendrickson.

Was it the right move? No. But it was his only move. 

The Orioles starters have failed to make it out of the sixth inning for the last three games, and before that Jeremy Guthrie went six on Wednesday. That puts more pressure on winless veteran Kevin Millwood, who basically needs to throw a complete game to help the pen catch up.

If there isn’t a roster move tomorrow, Monday’s off day could get interesting. Do the Orioles bring back up Castillo, who was largely ineffective in his last stint ? Do they move David Hernandez -who is most effective early — to the bullpen and call up Chris Tillman or Jake Arrieta? Or do they move one of those two young guys up the bullpen to ease them into the rotation and bolster the ‘pen’s depth?

Make no mistake- Tillman and Arrieta are close. So close that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail paid a visit to Norfolk to watch their last start. When they do come up, what role they have is largely uncertain. But if it were up to me, I’d put Hernandez in the ‘pen and give Tillman or Arrieta a starting spot. Given Hernandez’s stuff, he could be scary good out of the bullpen. And right now, the Orioles don’t have too many relievers you feel good about going to in a tight spot. 
 

Why not Tillman or Arrieta's turn?

I’ve gotten a bunch of emails and tweet questions about the Orioles decision to go with Mark Hendrickson for Sunday’s spot start instead of recalling top pitching prospects Jake Arrieta or Chris Tillman. If you haven’t already read it, David Hernandez was scratched from the start and is day-to-day with left shoulder discomfort.
 
Orioles manager Dave Trembley said there was no thought to bring up a Minor League pitcher, saying he preferred to keep it in-house for one start.

There are a few factors that went into the decision starting with…
1)    Neither Tillman or Arrieta were on schedule to start Sunday. If you’re a loyal blog reader  — and if you aren’t, you should be ;-) – you’d know that both of them just pitched on the 14th and 15th.  They each took a loss for the Tides against Buffalo.
2)    While Tillman is on the team’s 40 man roster, Arrieta is not, meaning it would require some shuffling to add him to the roster and possibly cost the Orioles a player.
3)    Hernandez fully expected to make this start. The final decision didn’t come down until Saturday night and yanking Tillman or Arrieta out of upstate New York for a late flight to make their season (or in Arrieta’s case, professional) debut isn’t ideal.
4)    Mark Hendrickson has good numbers against Cleveland. He entered Sunday 1-0 in five games (four starts) against the Indians, with a 4.38 ERA.

With all that being said, if Hernandez develops into a DL scenario it certainly changes things in regards to who the Orioles use in that fifth spot. This is an interesting situation and one to keep an eye on. While Trembley was confident Hernandez would start Friday, the right-hander was less certain. I don’t doubt that Hernandez wants to pitch -especially against an opponent that’s not the Yankees or Red Sox – but shoulder injuries can linger.

You get the sense in talking to Hernandez that he knows he doesn’t have a lot of rope here, with both Arrieta and Tillman lurking in Norfolk.

Here are Tillman and Arrieta’s Triple-A numbers:
CHRIS TILLMAN 3-4 3.83 in 8 GS, 36 K, 9 BB
JAKE ARRIETA 3-2, 2.20 ERA in 8 GS, 39 K, 28 BBs

Catching up on the Tides

Chris Tillman started for Triple-A Norfolk last night and took the loss, for the first time in four starts, falling to 3-4 on the season. Tillman pitched six innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out two.The four earned runs were a season high as were the pair of homers allowed by Tillman.

Nolan Reimold didn’t have such a hot night either, going 0-for-3 with a walk in his debut for the Tides.

Jake Arrieta started this afternoon game’s and took the loss, surrendering four runs on five hits over six innings. It was the first time Arrieta has allowed more than three earned runs this season. Reimold went 0-for-3 as Norfolk fell to Buffalo for the second straight game, 4-0.

Tillman impressive again

It wasn’t exactly a great Mother’s Day for the O’s, who dropped Sunday’s finale to the Twins and had news break pregame that Jim Johnson is off to see Dr. James Andrews.

So here’s something to make you smile: Chris Tillman.

No, it wasn’t another no-hitter. But Tillman struck out a season-high 10 batters in seven strong innings to anchor Triple-A Norfolk’s 4-1 win over Toledo Sunday afternoon.

Tillman (3-3), earned his third straight victory and lowered his ERA to 3.49 in the process. The 22-year-old yielded just one walk and four hits, and each of the final six outs he recorded came via a strikeout.
 
Tillman faced just four batters over the minimum, throwing 62 of his 96 pitches for strikes.  He’s now gone 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA, 24 strikeouts, four walks and 19 hits allowed over his last four starts.
 
Pretty impressive. Although, I don’t think we see Tillman or Jake Arrieta until the O’s make some moves to help the offense. But they’re both certainly making a case to join the big league club sooner rather than later.

Arrieta, Tillman, Welty Honored

Chris Tillman earned International League Player of the Week for last week’s stellar performance, highlighted by Wednesday’s no-hitter against Gwinnett
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It was Norfolk’s first nine-inning no-hitter since Dave Telgheder t in May 1992 and also marked Tillman’s first career game.  After a rough start to the season, Tillman is 2-3 with a 4.05 ERA in five starts. He is slated to make his sixth start tonight against Scranton, with Koji Uehara throwing the second of his back-to-back relief outings.
 
Jake Arrieta was named the Orioles pitcher of the month. He entered the week with an International League-leading 1.61 ERA in five starts and is holding opponents to a .171 batting average. The 24-year-old Arrieta is 2-1 and has allowed four earned runs over 31 innings.

Player of the Month honors went to Ronnie Welty of the Frederick Keys.  Welty hit .279 with six homers and 21 RBIs in April, slugging .603 in 18 games.

More on Jake the Great

Could the Orioles call up Jake Arrieta to use in the bullpen? Maybe.

It’s a notion they haven’t closed the door on, as manager Dave Trembley eluded to in his pregame session with the media on Sunday. When, or if, it will happen is pure speculation at this point.

But, there’s no doubt Arrieta will be an Oriole soon. He’s dominated Triple-A batters, holding them to a .171 average and pitching to an International League-leading 1.61 ERA in five starts.

“He’s got everything you are looking for in a Major League pitcher,” Trembley said. “It’s only a matter of time before he’ll be in the big leagues. When that will be, I couldn’t tell you. But it’s only a matter of time. I’m not saying it will be next week or next month, but he’ll let everybody know.”

“When guys that have that much ability pitch, there are people that watch them pitch. I mean the front office people, scouting people, our pro scouts. They all go and watch. Because everyone knows there is such a need at the Major League level for quality pitching.”

With that being said, do the Orioles want to bring up Arrieta to have him pitch one inning a few times a week? Or do they let him progress as a starter? It’s situation worth mulling over. The O’s starting pitching has been a strength so far, but what happens if a guy like Brad Bergesen or Jeremy Guthrie starts to struggle? Another option would be to put someone like David Hernandez in the bullpen and let Arrieta start. But Hernandez has pitched well as a fifth starter and, in my opinion, doesn’t deserve to be moved out of the rotation yet. It’s an interesting situation to keep an eye on.

Look for Bergesen to start Saturday

I blogged this earlier, but wanted to make sure it didn’t lost in the pregame tidbit shuffle: Brad Bergesen is going to start Saturday.
It’s not official, but the club can’t really make it official without a corresponding roster move (likely a reliever). Bergesen’s been the leadoff candidate all along and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed nothing has changed.
Although a lot of people have asked me about bringing up Jake Arrieta, the Orioles aren’t going to call him up for a debut against the Red Sox in front of a packed stadium. When they call up Arrieta, it will be for good, not for a spot start. He’s an important part of their future. Bergesen, though, is part of their immediate plans.
 
For more on Bergesen’s Triple-A start, I talked to him Sunday night and that story is up here.

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