6/14/2013 11:28 P.M. ET
Wieters wins stolen-base showdown with Ellsbury
By Derek Wetmore / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- The fifth inning of Thursday night's 13-inning win over the Red Sox featured a top-notch matchup.
Tommy Hunter came on to pitch against Shane Victorino, but the matchup that caused manager Buck Showalter to marvel was catcher Matt Wieters vs. stolen-base threat Jacoby Ellsbury at first base.
Ellsbury took off for second, and Wieters popped out of his crouch and pegged the speedster with a near-perfect throw to shortstop J.J. Hardy.
"You see certain catchers, a guy like that gets on base, all they put down is a one [for a fastball]," Showalter said. "The first pitch [Hunter] threw was a breaking ball. I can't tell you how few catchers will do that. A couple that are in the Hall of Fame, or are going to be. So that's about as good a throw as you'll ever see."
A good benchmark for a catcher is to get the ball from his mitt to second base in less than two seconds. Showalter said that Wieters' throw was clocked at 1.78 seconds.
"That was impressive," he said. "They talk about under two [seconds]. I can't tell you how far away 1.78 is from 2. It's an eternity."
But Ellsbury did later steal a base off Wieters in the 10th inning, his Major league-leading 30th swipe of the season.
"You can't try and judge your throw based on how fast the runner is," Wieters said. "You've just got to make as good of a throw as you can, and hopefully, it's good enough.
"Buck's really put an emphasis on getting times [to the plate] down throughout the organization and on the whole staff. They give me a real good chance, and I have a chance no matter who the baserunner is."
Orioles recall Arrieta from Triple-A Norfolk
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles recalled right-hander Jake Arrieta on Friday, a corresponding roster to the optioning of rookie Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday night.
Arrieta will provide a boost to the bullpen after six relievers combined to pitch 7 2/3 innings in the Orioles' 13-inning win over the Red Sox on Thursday night.
"It's his day to pitch, [we] needed some length out there, and Jake fit for us," manager Buck Showalter said. "We'll see what the next couple of days bring."
Arrieta was already on the 40-man roster, and he was the most rested option available with the ability to pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen. In 36 innings over six starts and one relief appearance for Norfolk, he is 3-3 with a 5.50 ERA.
One of the other top candidates for a callup, Zach Britton, pitched on Monday. Other options in the Tides' bullpen have either struggled recently or are not considered multi-inning relievers.
Something that could also play into the shuffling of the pitching staff is that the wife of Miguel Gonzalez -- who is scheduled to pitch on Sunday -- is due to give birth on Wednesday. With the unpredictable nature of the situation, though, Arrieta or someone else may be needed as a fill-in.
Arrieta last pitched for the Tides on Sunday, when he allowed seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. He last appeared in a Major League game on April 21, taking the loss in a four-inning start against the Dodgers.
Showalter said if Thursday's game hadn't gone into extra innings, the team wouldn't have optioned Gausman. He keeps a close eye on the available arms at Norfolk.
"As we get to the ninth and 10th [innings], I'm looking at the card we carry with what [Norfolk's] usage had been. So we knew we had some options available and we knew that Jake's day fell there. So you're actually managing that game knowing what you're going to do after that game with Gausman," Showalter said.
Wada reinstated from DL, optioned to Norfolk
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced on Friday that they reinstated left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk, where he has already been pitching.
Wada's 30-day rehab assignment was scheduled to end this weekend, however, and his contract stipulated that he'd need to agree to remain in the Minors. He apparently cleared the move and will stay in Triple-A.
Wada, working his way back from last May's Tommy John surgery, has struggled for the Tides lately. He is 1-4 with an 8.14 ERA in six starts, allowing 26 runs (22 earned) on 33 hits and 13 walks with 20 strikeouts over 24 1/3 innings.
He signed a two-year, $8.14 million contract with Baltimore in December 2011, though he has yet to throw a pitch for the Orioles.
• Manager Buck Showalter confirmed on Friday that Nolan Reimold (hamstring) will begin his rehab stint on Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. Reimold expects to be back with the Orioles in fewer than the maximum 20 days that position players are allowed for rehab.
• Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) will throw 35 pitches from the mound on Saturday in Sarasota, Fla. Assuming that goes well, the team will re-evaluate his situation, and he could rejoin the team on the upcoming road trip or be sent to an affiliate.
• Alexi Casilla (right index finger) was available to play on Friday. The finger is still bandaged, but he said he is "ready to rock and roll."
• Brian Roberts (hamstring) hit on the field on Friday.
• Jason Hammel caught a virus from his child and did not go to the ballpark on Friday. He's scheduled to pitch on Monday in Detroit.
• The Orioles wore "digi-camo" jerseys and hats on Friday in honor of the Army's 238th birthday and Flag Day. The authenticated jerseys and hats are available in an online auction at www.orioles.com/auction, with proceeds to benefit the Fort Meade Alliance Resiliency Center Fund.
• The Orioles played 13 innings on Thursday and did not allow a walk. The last time they did that in 13 or more innings was on April 21, 1983, in a game started by Jim Palmer.
Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.