The Orioles have been waiting for Adam Eaton to step up and justify a rotation slot ever since he was signed early in Spring Training following his release by the Phillies. And after an erratic exhibition season, he’s gone just four innings in each of his first two starts.
The veteran went less than four innings in his last two starts last season and has now gone seven straight starts without a quality start. That’s part of the reason the Phillies demoted him to the Minor Leagues and ultimately released him, but Eaton sees things differently.
“Obviously, last year ended in the big leagues on a down note. When I did get sent down, I was also leading the team in quality starts,” he said. “I don’t know exactly if it’s justified, that question, but at the same time, I didn’t throw well enough to stay there. This is a new year. That’s last year, and if you guys want to talk about last year, I also won a World Series. I was part of a team. But that’s not here nor there. I’m a Baltimore Oriole now.
“That’s where our concerns lie. I like what we have here. I need to obviously step up and throw the way I’m capable of throwing. We’ll see what we do next outing.”