Arrieta reassigned to Minor League camp
O's pitching prospect ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk rotation
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles reassigned pitcher Jake Arrieta to Minor League camp on Thursday after the right-hander stressed a need to pitch more innings.
Arrieta said he met with manager Dave Trembley, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and pitching coach Rick Kranitz following Wednesday's game to express his desire to start in an effort to increase his workload.
"I'd probably still be over [in big league camp] if I didn't say anything," Arrieta said. "I felt like it was time for me to say something and get my innings in and prepare for the season. I'm aware that I'm going to [Triple-A] Norfolk again, and I'll just do my job down there and be ready when they need me."
Trembley agreed that the team was doing Arrieta "a disservice" given that the 24-year-old had only thrown five spring innings, plus the team's intrasquad game.
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Still, Arrieta used the small sample size to continue to bolster his stock among those in the organization. A non-roster invitee in his second big league camp, Arrieta allowed three earned runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out nine, walked four and had a strong outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 17. In that appearance, Arrieta struck out four and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.
"[He's] the kind of guy we are looking for in this organization -- great worker, special talent, very good arm," Trembley said. "But we ran out of innings for him here and he needs to go pitch in the Minor Leagues."
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Arrieta is one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects and is expected to start the season in a very strong Norfolk rotation. Last year, Arrieta went 5-8 with a 3.93 ERA in his last 17 starts with the Tides.
"I plan on seeing those guys again soon," Arrieta said of his Major League teammates. "I valued my time there with everybody. I'll just have to move forward and hopefully get back there soon."
"I told him, in a nutshell, he just needs experience," Trembley said of Arrieta, who is slated to pitch Friday's Minor League game. "That's all he needs, he just needs some experience."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.