Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has announced that young right-hander Jake Arrieta will be his Opening Day starting pitcher, reports Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
"Jake will pitch on that day, and we will go from there,” Showalter said today. “[I’m] real proud of him."
Arrieta went 10-8 for the Orioles last season with a 5.05 ERA. He only made 22 starts -- the O's shut him down in August, as he needed surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow.
Starting the season opener, this Friday against the Minnesota Twins, may be exactly what the young hurler needs to regain his confidence. “We're hoping he pitches well enough that he does it again next year and the year after that and the year after that," Showalter said. "We're looking at him pitching some time later in the season in that same role. He was one of our better pitchers last year before he had the surgery."