After meeting with Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday Orioles starter Jake Arrieta has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
While he’s done for 2011, the expected recovery timetable of two months should allow him to come into spring training fully healthy next year and the 25-year-old right-hander remains in the Orioles’ long-term rotation plans.
His overall numbers this season aren’t pretty, but Arrieta was 9-4 with a 4.50 ERA and .233 opponents’ batting average in 16 starts through the end of June before fading last month and eventually being shut down.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.