Jake Arrieta (left) missed part of the season in the minor leagues last year to pitch in the Olympics, but he doesn't think he lost any time in his development as a potential member of the Orioles starting rotation.
"People don't think I pitched that much [for Team USA], but I got four or five starts,'' Arrieta said this afternoon. "I might have gotten two or three more starts in Bowie. I've heard people say they didn't think I should have gone to the Olympics, but that's something virtually nobody gets an opportunity to do.''
Arrieta said he was really excited about coming to major league spring training, but he wasn't surprised. He is not projected to be on the Opening Day roster this year, but he said he's going to enjoy the chance to open some more eyes during the next few weeks.
"Being a non-roster player doesn't matter to me,'' he said. "I'm going to go out there and try to outpitch everybody, but at the same time I'm not going to overdo it. I'm just going to compete. I've always been a competitor."