Earlier this year, when Jake Arrieta was named the Orioles' youngest Opening Day starter since Mike Mussina, he talked about the magnitude of the honor and the leadership responsibility it carried.
Feeling fully recovered from August elbow surgery, Arrieta said he was ready for the role, and, on April 6, he pitched a two-hit shutout, backing up his words with his talented right arm.
Two months later, after a 9-6 shellacking Friday night by the scuffling Philadelphia Phillies that perhaps was the worst outing his career, Arrieta is likely out of the rotation and headed to Triple-A Norfolk.
"You have a tough start like that, there's a lot of emotion going around. I am...