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Jake Arrieta ate a pork chop, got sick, will pitch tonight

Jun 18, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT


As if keeping his spot in the Orioles’ rotation wasn’t a big enough challenge for Jake Arrieta he’ll be pitching tonight after spending yesterday sick with food poisoning.

Arrieta told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he got sick after eating a pork chop at the team hotel Saturday–surely the hotel is thrilled to have that information public–and “was sick all day Sunday.”

Despite that and not eating anything for 24 hours Arrieta is taking the mound tonight against the Mets. Arrieta tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Pirates last week, but before that went through a seven-start stretch in which he was 0-6 with a 9.34 ERA.

(Go ahead and insert your own joke about a 9.34 ERA, food poisoning, and vomit.)

  1. dan1111 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see how he hurls. Hopefully he won’t be tossing meatballs.

  2. mgv38 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Right now he’s just throwing anything up there. Wretched, really. NO one to blame but Jake, though–his own Arrieta porkchop. Pough guy.

  3. Marty - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    I don’t believe pork is as risky as it was 20-30 years ago. I’m more afraid of a resaurant’s caesar salad than a medium well pork chop.

    • dan1111 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      I’m more afraid of having to eat an overcooked pork chop than I am of food-borne diseases.

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