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June 26, 2011

Arrieta will be pushed back from Wednesday to Saturday (updated with quotes)

Jake Arrieta said he threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday morning and felt good, but he still expects to skip his Wednesday start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"My side was pretty good. I was a little timid at first to let it go, but once we got loose, got stretched out pretty good and felt close to normal," Arrieta said. "Breaking balls were good, whatever I really wanted to make sure I was able to do was throw my curveball and slider with some pretty good effort, and I was able to do that pretty well. They were both sharp."

Arrieta, who was experiencing right elbow inflammation, said he will throw a 50-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, and if that goes well, he likely will start Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.

"I think since I didn’t pick up a ball for four days from Monday, it is probably a good idea to get two bullpens in before I make a start just to kind of make sure I am full strength, which I think I am. It’s just a matter of getting a 40-, 50-pitch pen in before I go out there and throw 110 pitches."

Nothing is official, but the guess is that Chris Jakubauskas will make Arrieta’s start Wednesday versus the Cardinals.

Arrieta is 9-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 16 starts this year. He threw all his pitches Sunday and experienced no discomfort in the elbow. He left Monday's start after just five innings. Pushing him back a few days, he said, is simply a precaution.

"It’s not disappointing, I think it is better to be safe than sorry," Arrieta said. "I could go out there and start on Wednesday and not really be sure of how I feel in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. So I think getting two [bullpen sessions] in is exactly what we need to do just to make sure I am full bore, ready to go. And be max effort and not be afraid to throw any of my pitches with full intensity."

Posted by Dan Connolly at 12:46 PM | | Comments (5)


I believe if the o's want matusz and arrieta to finish this year strong they need some special excercises for them to do .. In matusz case it is his only way whether in the majors or minors.. I sure hope simone is okay when he comes back next week.. Who goes down then??

Is Jake going to get this problem taken care of after the season? I hope so. He should be good to go next season.

And what "special exercises" might that be, GRANT?

They need to play it safe with Jake, I would consider shelfing him on the 15 day DL. Based on prior examples you cannot take a young players word for it regarding how hurt they are. Jake said he felt "close to normal", to me that is not good enough. Cautious and then some, its a long season.

I think that Nolan Ryan has a point about training young pitchers to throw more in the minors to build up stamina. Nowadays these kids are babied and are trained as 6 inning pitchers, so when they get to the majors that's usually all you get. When you try to stretch them out to pitch more innings, they end up either on the DL or back in the minors. Jim Palmer used to throw 20 complete games a season. The Orioles don't get 10 complete games a season from the entire rotation.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

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