Matusz in, Mickolio out, Mora at third
The Orioles finally made the recall of Brian Matusz official, optioning reliever Kam Mickolio to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the 25-man roster. That seems to explain a lot about the team's plans for the second roster move, even though it hasn't been made.
Since Jason Berken only lasted 1 1/3 innings in his last start, it appears the O's will keep him active in case the club needs some mopup work, then activate Chris Waters to take the spot Berken will vacate in the starting rotation. That is, unless forcing Waters to visit Detroit is some new kind of organizational discipline.
Apparently, the club is not quite ready to give up on Melvin Mora, who is going to start tonight's game at third base. He and manager Dave Trembley have talked since Melvin expressed his frustration with Trembley on Sunday -- and there has been no verbal warfare since -- but I would be surprised to see them at dinner together on the offnight Thursday. Maybe the thing will blow over...and maybe it won't.