It became clear this season that Jake Arrieta needed a change of scenery, that the Baltimore Orioles had gotten all they were going to get out of a 27-year-old righty who has oodles of talent but too often got inside his own head when things started to go wrong.
Even though he didn't get the win or even a quality start Sunday, pitcher Tommy Hunter kept the Orioles in the game en route to a 5-3 win over Kansas City. He had a high pitch count early, but finished out the 5th inning — and his start — at 97 pitches, exiting with the score tied at 3.
After three straight quality outings at Triple-A Norfolk, Right-hander pitcher Chris Tillman is knocking on the Orioles door. The Orioles need pitching help, and Tillman has distanced himself from the competition in Norfolk, so it it time to give the 24-year-old a chance in the Orioles rotation?
Steve Tolleson was Wednesday's roster casualty, optioned to Triple-A Norfolk before the game to make space for Matt Lindstrom, who was activated form the 15-day disabled list after missing time with a right middle finger injury.
When Jake Arrieta was named the Orioles' Opening Day starter this season, he talked about the magnitude of the honor and the leadership responsibility it carried. But the 26-year-old right-hander has looked lost for much of the season.
Dana Eveland is likely to start for the Orioles on Friday. The left-hander would slide into Tommy Hunter's spot in the rotation. Also, Zach Phillips was called up from Triple-A Norfolk and Jason Berken was demoted.
By By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun
Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton had four homers -- all of the two-run variety -- on Tuesday against the Orioles. It's the 16th time that has happened in major league baseball history and only the second involving the Orioles.
The Orioles are now winless this season in games after they have played 17 innings. Call it the Great Boston Marathon Hangover.The Orioles came out pancake-flat Monday, losing to the Texas Rangers, 14-3, in a game in which they gave up 19 hits, got only six, and looked lackluster in every phase.
Closer Jim Johnson is back in the Orioles' clubhouse, after spending four nights in the hospital with an illness that was eventually diagnosed as a severe case of food poisoning. Johnson left St. Agnes Hospital this morning. He played catch on Friday is listed as day-to-day.
Orioles closer Jim Johnson is still in the hospital battling an infection. Also, pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada will get a second opinion on his injured left elbow and righty Jason Berken has been called up to the majors.
Darren O'Day and Troy Patton are in and Zach Phillips is out as the Orioles finalized their Opening Day roster. The Orioles set their rotation behind Jake Arrieta. Minor league catcher Brian Ward was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's drug policy.