Jake Arrieta is scheduled to start on Tuesday for Norfolk. On Saturday, manager Buck Showalter indicated that he could be considered as a possible starter on Wednesday or Thursday.The Orioles havent named a starter for either of those days. Zach Britton, who pitched well on Friday, could get one start. Steve Johnson, whos starting tonight, might pitch on Thursday afternoon, or it could be Arrieta.If the Orioles want to consider Arrieta on their playoff roster, they could call him up. Showalter said he and Dan Duquette, the teams executive vice president of baseball operations, would meet on Tuesday to discuss callups.Arrieta, whos 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA., was sent to Norfolk on July 5.Showalter likes the attitude he brought with him to Norfolk.The mistake would be to go down there and think, I have to have a couple of starts, and Ill be back, Showalter said.Jake didnt approach it with that. I know hes a little frustrated, but I like what Ive seen the last couple of times out.
Showalter indicated that most of the players whod be called up have already played here this season.Earlier this month, Showalter indicated that Jason Berken, whos been starting for Norfolk, would shift to the bullpen in order to conserve innings in case of a September recall. Brian Matusz was shifted to the bullpen instead, but Showalter said Berken could still be a candidate to pitch out of the bullpen in September. Showalter also indicated the team could take advantage of a rule that allows teams to replace players who are on the disabled list with players in the organization who might not be on the roster Aug. 31.
It behooves you this time of year to have as many guys on the DL as you can have on the DL, Showalter said. The Orioles have four players on the 15-day disabled list: Wilson Betemit, Jason Hammel, Troy Patton and Jim Thome. Five players: Nick Johnson, Stu Pomeranz, Nolan Reimold, Brian Roberts and Tsuyoshi Wada, are on the 60-day DL,