NEW YORK -- One pitch changed the course of the Orioles' 5-0 loss on Monday, but both manager Buck Showalter and starting pitcher Jake Arrieta were pleased with the recent strides made by the 26-year-old hurler, who was briefly moved to the bullpen following a tough seven-start stretch.
Arrieta was working on a shutout in the sixth inning when Ike Davis hit a grand slam, providing all the damage against him. Still, Showalter said Arrieta found a groove after the homer.
"The most impressive inning he pitched was the [seventh] inning after the four runs," Showalter said. "I tip my hat to Jake. He knew there was going to be a fine line for mistakes there [going against New York starter R.A. Dickey]."
Arrieta returned to the rotation Wednesday, when Brian Matusz suffered a bruised nose, and he held the Pirates to one run over seven innings for his first quality start since May 18. The Orioles' Opening Day starter, Arrieta exited Tuesday's game after the seventh. He pitched well, despite earning the loss and nearly being scratched with a stomach illness.
"Being not as strong going into the game. It actually could help him," Showalter said. "He stayed in and didn't try and do too much."
Arrieta (3-9, 5.83 ERA) is in line to start Sunday's game, although the club lists the starter as to be determined and -- given Thursday's off-day -- Showalter could tweak the rotation.
Reimold pondering options, including surgery
NEW YORK -- Nolan Reimold continues to see doctors in Baltimore, and the Orioles' left fielder is weighing his options to recover from a herniated disk in his neck -- including possible season-ending surgery.
Reimold has sought multiple opinions, and manager Buck Showalter said prior to Tuesday's game that there haven't been any definitive decisions made. Showalter did not want to speculate about whether Reimold would return to the field in 2012. The 28-year-old Reimold hasn't played since April 30.
"I don't want to throw dirt over Nolan right now," Showalter said. "Let's let this thing run its course. I've gotten some positive, best-case scenarios, too. So I don't think we are ready to go there yet. I think when we gather everything, what they decide to do exactly I can address that part of it. But I've heard a good time frame, too."
Reimold is currently on the 60-day disabled list, and while an MRI on Thursday showed that the condition has improved, he is still dealing with numbness and tingling. Showalter confirmed that surgery is an option, while getting a third epidural injection -- Reimold has already had two in the area -- is not being discussed. There's no time frame as to when Reimold will reach a decision, and given the nature of his injury, any surgical procedure would have a significant rehab period.
"I'd like to think it's not something you can rush, making a decision with that, especially with your back and neck," Showalter said.
"I've texted [Reimold], I've called him once. He's in and out of elevators, it's tough. [Special assistant Brady Anderson] is right there beside him, and we've exchanged a couple texts back and forth. [I] told him to hang in there, and he said he's trying to. [It's] very frustrating for him -- there were a lot of things lined up for him to have a big year for us. We are hoping it's just being delayed and not denied."
The Orioles' Opening Day left fielder, Reimold hit .313, with five homers and 10 RBIs, posting a .627 slugging percentage in 67 at-bats before hitting the DL.
Jamie Moyer is scheduled to make his third start for Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday night, his third game since signing a Minor League contract with the Orioles, and the veteran could emerge as a possible addition to the big league club after that. Moyer is 1-1, with a 1.50 ERA over his first two starts, allowing three runs (two earned) over 12 innings. The veteran has struck out 12 and hasn't walked a batter.
Joel Pineiro threw five innings in his first Gulf Coast League game Tuesday morning, allowing a run on four hits and a walk in the Orioles' win over the Twins. Pineiro is rehabbing back from a strained right shoulder capsule.
Double-A Bowie right-hander Zach Clark has been named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for tossing seven scoreless innings against Portland on Wednesday.
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