Britton to be recalled to make Tuesday’s start in Detroit

June 17, 2013 | Luke Jones

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Needing to push back pitching Jason Hammel further as he continues to recover from a stomach virus, the Orioles announced they will recall left-handed pitcher Zach Britton to make Tuesday’s start in Detroit.

After right-hander Jake Arrieta was awarded a spot start against the Tigers on Monday, Britton was held out of his scheduled start for the Tides with the thought that Hammel might need more time to regain his strength after a virus required him to have intravenous fluids and kept him away from the ballpark for two days over the weekend.

Britton will be making his second start of the season for the Orioles after suffering a loss in Seattle on April 29. The 25-year-old allowed six earned runs and 10 hits in six innings of work before being optioned back to Norfolk after that start.

In his last five starts for the Tides, Britton is 2-1 and has allowed only seven earned runs in 31 innings while striking out 26 and walking 11. He is 3-2 with a 3.28 earned run average in 11 starts in Triple A this season.

One of Britton’s best starts in an otherwise disappointing 2012 season for the Orioles came against the Tigers on Aug. 18 when he pitched seven shutout innings to earn the victory in a 3-2 final. In two career starts against Detroit, Britton is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings of work.

Reports from Detroit indicated right-hander pitcher Miguel Gonzalez received word that his wife was ready to give birth to the couple’s daughter and he departed for California on Monday evening.

The Orioles optioned Arrieta to Norfolk following Monday’s loss to presumably make room for Britton on the 25-man roster before Tuesday’s game. If the club wants to bring rookie Kevin Gausman back to Baltimore for further starter reinforcements, they could recall him prior to the 10-day waiting period’s conclusion if he were to replace Gonzalez, who is expected to be placed on the paternity leave list.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. joe of bel air Says:

    Luke, I sure hope we have seen the last of Arrieta in the Oriole’s starting rotation. Why Buck brought him up for a start against one of the best teams in the league is a mystery to me. He was getting lit up in Norfolk. They should send him to Norfo;k and let him work out of the pen. If he can’t cut it in the pen then DFA him.

    (L.J. – They were hamstrung based on needing spot starters on Monday AND Tuesday and no one else at Triple A had stood out as deserving and was on regular rest aside from Zach Britton, who will start tonight. I agree about exploring the possibility of him as a reliever. No reason to just cut ties with him when you remember what Tommy Hunter is doing for this club as a reliever after struggling mightily as a starting pitcher.)

  2. Tom Says:

    They announced the Arietta start before they knew Hammel was definitely out for Tuesday. My point is: if Hammel was ready for Tuesday, then Britton (who deserved the start) would have been skipped for Arrieta – which makes absolutely zero sense. Bad decision by Buck and company!

    (L.J. – Yes, you’re right that they announced that first, but you have to look at the logistics and prepare as though you wouldn’t have had Hammel ready either. If you option Arrieta for Britton to start on Monday, which would have been the assumed move, what do you do then when you realize Hammel cannot start on Tuesday? At the time, they weren’t sure of Miguel Gonzalez’s status for the paternity leave list, so they couldn’t count on the possibility of being able to recall Arrieta or Kevin Gausman because of the 10-day waiting period for each. Looking further into it, Jair Jurrjens and Josh Stinson had started a doubleheader for Norfolk on Friday, so neither of them were going to be available for the start either. A lot more goes into the decisions beyond who simply deserves the start more and so much of it is predicated on who’s rested and available at any given point in time. The plan all along was for Arrieta to be up to work out of the pen in long relief and then to call up Britton or Gausman for Tuesday’s start, but that had to be adjusted when Hammel’s situation came about and there was not yet a resolution for Gonzalez.)

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