“We need length in our bullpen as most clubs do … and Jair is not available to do that tonight," manager
Showalter said Jurrjens could be back in 10 days, but at least until then the Orioles have an opening in their starting rotation. Jurrjens' turn would have been Thursday in Toronto. Jurrjens, by the way, politely declined comment after he was informed of the decision.
There are two primary options for Thursday, Showalter said: Righty
Arrieta obviously has more experience, but he has a 6.63 ERA in four previous starts this year. He is 1-2 7.31 in three starts at the
McFarland, who has a 2.61 ERA in 20 2/3 innings as a rookie, has never started a major league game. And he hasn't thrown more than 53 pitches in any of his 10 big-league outings this year. Plus, the Orioles have been reluctant to move him from the long relief role that the 23-year-old has thrived in this season.
Some other quick notes from Showalter's pregame session:
Catcher (left thumb)
Here are Tuesday's lineups:
Orioles: McLouth 7, Machado 5, Markakis 9, Jones DH, Davis 3, Wieters 2, Hardy 6, Dickerson 8, Navarro 4. Gonzalez 1.