Baltimore not tipping hand on Saturday starter

Baltimore not tipping hand on Saturday starter

BALTIMORE -- Jake Arrieta will get another start, as the struggling 26-year-old is expected to start Friday's series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Buck Showalter said Saturday's starter is to be determined, with Jason Hammel scheduled for Sunday.

The Orioles are currently employing a four-man rotation, and Saturday is the first day they need a fifth starter. While 24-year-old Zach Britton is making his third rehab start Tuesday night, Showalter said he's not a candidate to be activated this weekend.

"Nothing really imminent there with him," Showalter said of Britton, who has been on the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement since late May. "He's got a lot of roads to cross before we consider him."

Asked what Britton, who went 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two rehab outings for Double-A Bowie, has to show the Orioles, Showalter said it's about results.

"It'll be interesting to see if he pitches as well as Tommy [Hunter] did there, too -- and as well as [Chris] Tillman's pitching and [Jason] Berken," said Showalter. "Right now, we intend to garner some depth there below us."

All three of the aforementioned pitchers are options to start Saturday, and Showalter didn't rule out the possibility of having a reliever -- such as Dana Eveland or Miguel Gonzalez -- make the start. The team has several multi-inning relievers and could opt to go with a bullpen game depending on the status of the relief corps.