ANAHEIM -- The Orioles' roster was one short on Friday night, as the team optioned Thursday's starter, Jake Arrieta, to Triple-A Norfolk and is expected to activate infielder/outfielder Steve Tolleson prior to Saturday's game.
Tolleson, who was optioned to Norfolk on June 27, is not eligible to called up until Saturday, since it's not an injury situation with Arrieta and Tolleson needs to have the minimum 10-day stay in the Minors. As for the decision to option Arrieta, who went 3 2/3 innings for the second consecutive start, manager Buck Showalter said he had a tough and emotional conversation with the 26-year-old after Thursday's game.
"He was going to stay out here, and I have a conversation that really disrupts his whole life," Showalter said. "And it's frustrating for me, I don't want to do it. But I also have to do what's best for Jake and the Orioles.
"I think he's scheduled to be the last starter after the break [for Norfolk] just to give him the benefit of a couple work days. [Director of pitching development] Rick Peterson is going there after the break, [Arrieta] will work with [pitching coach Mike Griffin]. We talked a lot about what's going on and what some of his challenges have been and more important how to help. It's a tough place to experiment here. You are competitive, you are trying to win here every night.
"I just don't want him to look at it like the whole world is caving in on him."
Arrieta was the third starter from the Orioles' Opening Day rotation to be sent to the Minor Leagues -- joining Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz, who tossed a complete-game shutout in his first Triple-A start Friday -- leaving Baltimore's second-half rotation unclear. Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen will pitch the first two games, with Chris Tillman going the third game after the All-Star break.