AL BEast Notebook – March 19
The pitchers contending for the two final starting rotation positions haven’t made the selection process easy for manager Buck Showalter.
Steve Johnson pitched four shutout innings on Sunday. Jake Arrieta had an impressive performance on Saturday, pitching 4.2 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and 3 walks. Zach Britton pitched 3.2 scoreless innings on Friday, allowing 1 hit and a couple walks. Brian Matusz pitched four no-hit innings in his last game, striking out 7, and starts Tuesday’s game. Miguel Gonzalez did not pitch well in his last game on March 10, allowing four 4 runs (3 unearned) in a couple innings.
Jair Jurrjens has not done well in his four outings, allowing runs in each one while walking 6 and yielding 11 hits in about 9 innings. It seems likely he’s headed to the minors to figure out his mechanics.
Chris Tillman is dealing with “abdominal soreness” and hasn’t pitched in a game for a couple weeks. He is expected to be in the rotation, alon...