Orioles prospect Jake Arrieta to debut against Yankees tomorrow

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Now that all service time considerations are moot top prospects are being called up in waves. Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton debuted last night, Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata are being called up today, and Jake Arrieta is set to join the Orioles’ rotation tomorrow night against the Yankees.
Arrieta signed for $1.1 million as a fifth-round pick in 2007 and has since emerged as one of the better right-handed pitching prospects in the American League. He posted a 3.40 ERA and 148/56 K/BB ratio in 150.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season and has been even better this year with a 1.85 ERA and 64/34 K/BB ratio in 73 innings at Triple-A.
His control has been shaky, but Arrieta misses lots of bats with a good fastball-slider combination and projects as a potential middle-of-the-rotation starter (or perhaps a late-inning reliever, if his control remains an issue). He’s already 24 years old, so after 28 good starts at Triple-A it makes sense for the Orioles to give him a shot, although I’m not sure if facing the Yankees is a particularly good idea for any pitcher’s debut.

Aaron Judge has a “pretty significant strain” of his oblique

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In case you missed it over the weekend, the New York Yankees suffered yet another huge blow when another huge star went on the injured list. The star: Aaron Judge, who strained his oblique during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals.

Yesterday the Yankees placed him on the injured list. In so doing, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called it a “pretty significant strain in there.” The team did not offer a timeline, but Boone said they’ll monitor Judge for a couple of weeks to see where he is. Oblique strains, however, can cause a player to miss a lot of time. Four to six weeks is not unheard of for even moderate oblique strains. Guys with major strains have missed months.

Judge is the Yankees’ 13th player currently on the injured list and is the 14th Yankees player to visit it overall on the young season. Joining him there at the moment :

It’s an All-Star team’s worth of injuries. It’s such a good group of players that Ellsbury couldn’t even make the starting lineup of the all-injured team.

Though we often ignore it in season-long narratives of successful and unsuccessful teams, choosing to focus on great or poor performances, the fact of the matter is that team health is almost always a big, big factor in who wins and who loses. No one is going to cry for the Yankees here, of course, but at some point there are just too many injuries to overcome. One has to wonder if New York has reached that point yet.