Orioles roster remains in flux
As my colleague, Dan Connolly, wrote last night, the plan is for Double-A left-hander Pedro Viola to join the club today and take the roster spot of Brian Matusz, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after last night's start.
That's certainly not a done deal, however, and Viola has been summoned to the club and not been officially recalled before. There is some thought being given to adding another bench player at least until interleague play ends Sunday. If that happens, it wouldn't be difficult to get a player here on short notice.
There are plenty of flights from Norfolk to Atlanta so a definitive decision won't have to made until mid-afternoon.
Still, Viola is the best bet. The lefty is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 24 relief appearances for the Baysox. In 28 innings, he's allowed seven earned runs on 21 hits and while striking out 25. The opposition is hitting .219 against him.
Viola has made one appearance for the Orioles this season, retiring all five Seattle Mariners that he faced.
If his recall becomes official, the Orioles' next decision will be on who starts Tuesday's game in Texas. Jason Berken, Brad Bergesen and Alfredo Simon are the internal candidates, but it's not completely out of the question that the Orioles could reach back down to the minors and give a guy like Mitch Atkins a shot. Again, perhaps not likely but not impossible.