Arrieta to debut Thursday?
It was widely assumed that if Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Jake Arrieta made his big-league debut on this homestand, it would be on Saturday night against the Mets as the Orioles still haven't announced a starter for that outing after pushing the struggling Brad Bergesen to the bullpen.
However, I'm hearing from multiple sources that Arrieta will instead make his debut tomorrow night against the New York Yankees. Jeremy Guthrie is scheduled to start that game, but he'd be pushed back to Friday with Brian Matusz filling the starter void on Saturday.
We've been told on numerous occasions that the Orioles are just keeping the options open and they haven't made a definitive decision yet, but this appears to be the direction they are headed.
If it's tomorrow night against the Yankees, that would give Guthrie one more day between starts. Guthrie has been dealing with some soreness in the side\oblique area, along with some other general soreness.
I guess the Orioles could skip Guthrie's turn and allow Bergesen to start on Saturday, but that doesn't seem likely at this point, especially since the team's bullpen is running on fumes and Bergesen will likely be needed to pitch in relief at some point over the next couple of days.
Arrieta is 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA for the Tides. He last pitched in relief on June 5, allowing one run in two innings. He's on schedule to start on Thursday for Norfolk so perhaps team officials want to keep him on regular rest for his debut and that's why they are planning to start him in Baltimore that night.