Orioles: Time to get on the Norfolk express
The Orioles figured to stick with the current incarnation of the starting rotation at least for the first month of the season, but they'll have to consider dipping down into their minor league pitching reserves to fill the slot in the rotation that was just vacated by No. 3 starter Alfredo Simon.
Simon left the game in the second inning with elbow soreness and is headed back to Baltimore to have it evaluated. It fair to assume that he won't be available for his next scheduled start, so the Orioles will have to come up with another starter. They could use Brian Bass -- depending on how much he's needed over the next few days -- or call up one of the more experienced Triple-A guys, either 2008 Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year Brad Bergesen, David Hernandez or Chris Waters.
I'm going to guess they hold off on a pitching move, since middle reliever and possible swingman Matt Albers already is on the way back to take the roster spot vacated by Melvin Mora when he goes on the DL Wednesday. If they go for a position player to replace Simon, it probably would be Scott Moore.