Dave Trembley updated all the injuries at the start of his media briefing, so here's a quick rundown:
-- Reliever Dennis Sarfate is still waiting for test results that should determine why he has circulation issues in his pitching hand.
-- Ryan Freel was supposed to have completed his rehab assignment by now, but lost a couple of minor league games to rainouts. He'll play in a doubleheader for Bowie tonight and one more game tomorrow.
-- Lou Montanez told Trembley his sprained thumb is 70-80 percent. He's tentatively scheduled to start in left field tomorrow.
-- Rich Hill will be on a 95-pitch limit the next time he pitches for Norfolk. If all goes well, he might be close to joining the major league rotation.
-- Alfredo Simon underwent surgery to repair his damaged elbow. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation, but the team is still waiting for a report on the outcome.
Trembley said the closer situation remains in flux at least partly because of concern about the durability of the pitchers who are coming back from surgery or other arm/shoulder problems. Still, doubts about George Sherrill persist.
"Everybody knows George has done it,'' Trembley said. "I also know what the numbers are against right-handers and left-handers and I also know how hard George has had to work to get the saves."
Obviously, he could go with Chris Ray or Jim Johnson in some situations, but he said he's concerned about sending them out there on consecutive days under that level of stress.
"The mental stress and strain of closing take a toll on the physical,'' he said.
The Orioles took infield before batting practice today to address some of the defensive issues that have plagued the club recently.
"I'm hoping it's something that's temporary and it rectifies itself,'' Trembley said. "It seems like everything that has gone by the board has hurt us...I told them the other day, 'You're all proven major league players. Let that be your mindset.'...I think everybody is trying to catch up and make up with one play or at-bat for something we have no control over. Something that's in the past."
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