Orioles roster continuing to evolve
Each day seemingly brings more uncertainty to the Orioles' roster. Today, the Orioles added outfielder Matt Angle and reliever Troy Patton and subtracted designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero (disabled list) and reliever Pedro Viola (optioned to Double-A Bowie).
TOMORROW: The Orioles will add Triple-A reliever Mark Worrell and Triple-A third baseman Josh Bell. Mitch Atkins was optioned to Norfolk after today's game, and the other roster spot will open when the club officially places Alfredo Simon on the restricted list. Simon will head back to the Dominican Republic for a hearing related to his offseason legal troubles. The Orioles will have to add Worrell to the 40-man roster, and they'll likely do that by moving Brian Roberts (concussion) to the 60-day disabled list. It's expected that closer Kevin Gregg could start serving his suspension tomorrow as well, but the Orioles won't be able to replace him on the roster.
TUESDAY: Left fielder-designated hitter Luke Scott, who went 1-for-2 with a homer and two walks tonight for Double-A Bowie, will likely be activated from the disabled list. You would think Angle will be in the most jeopardy when Scott returns simply because the Orioles would already have three left fielders in Scott, Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold. Even if Scott primarily serves as the DH with Guerrero out, Pie and Reimold should be enough to hold down left field. If all goes well with Simon's hearing and he returns to the United States, he'll need to be activated from the restricted list. Worrell or Bell would probably be the two guys considered for demotion with Simon's return.
SATURDAY, JULY 23: If everything remains on schedule, infielder Cesar Izturis, who hasn't played since May 13, could be activated from the disabled list this day. He'd probably replace Blake Davis, who is serving as the team's utility infielder.
TUESDAY, JULY 26: Vladimir Guerrero (cracked bone in right hand) will be available to come off the disabled list.