Right-hander Jake Arrieta, who has been great at Triple-A Norfolk, has been scratched from tonight's start for the Tides.
When I asked an Orioles official why, I was told, "just keeping our options open."
We are now being told that the Orioles thought they might have to shuffle their pitching staff around today and that's why Arrieta was scratched. But no moves had to be made so Arrieta's not imminently bound for Baltimore. In fact, it's possible he pitches in relief in the Tides' game tonight, we've been told.
Timing sure is curious, though.
Today, the club removed Brad Bergesen from the rotation temporarily, presumably because they needed bullpen help and could skip his start this week due to Monday's off day. That put next Saturday's starter against the New York Mets as to be announced.
But now you have to expect that Arrieta, who is 6-2 with a 1.77 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A, will be on his way up sooner than later.