DETROIT – Jake Arrieta is on his way back to Norfolk to rejoin the Tides. However, Arrieta isn’t listed as one of Norfolk’s probable pitchers yet.
Kevin Gausman and Josh Stinson are pitching in Wednesday’s doubleheader. Jair Jurrjens is listed for Thursday and Tsuyoshi Wada is Saturday’s probable. There is no pitcher listed for Friday, but Arrieta would have to pitch on three days' rest, and that’s unlikely.
“I know he’s going to start his next outing, and then at some point, we’ll probably step back and see where we are with it,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I want to get him back on good ground.”
On Monday, Arrieta allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Tigers and was immediately returned to Norfolk.
“Jake knows he’s capable of better and Jake also knows it’s not good enough.”
Last Friday when he was recalled after Gausman was sent down, Arrieta said he was open to the idea of relieving. The Orioles could contemplate changing the way he pitches.
“We’ve talked about all those things,” Showalter said.
“We constantly look at things with guys with really good arms like Jake. He gets the ball down, he’s effective. How do you do it? Is it a mentality?”
Arrieta has continually frustrated the Orioles, teasing them with his potential, and then failing to follow up.
“I’ve got some personal ideas about it. I don’t think we’re there yet,” Showalter said.