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Orioles: Gabino may be next DFA

If you just can get enough 40-man roster speculation, I'm pretty sure that right-hander Armando Gabino will be the next to be designated for assignment when the Orioles have to make room for veteran Mark Hendrickson.

Gabino seemed to be a likely choice when the O's needed room for Miguel Tejada, but the front office DFA'd fellow right-handed reliever Dennis Sarfate, who would have been out of options this spring. Now, he looks like the odd man out in a bullpen still heavy with right-handed middle relief candidates -- including Matt Albers, Cla Meredith, Kam Mickolio, Koji Uehara and perhaps David Hernandez and/or Jason Berken.

Gabino, 26, was claimed on waivers in early November from the Minnesota Twins after a solid season in the bullpen at Triple-A Rochester (6-4, 2.94 ERA). He made a brief appearance in the majors last season and was shown the door early by the Orioles in his only major league start. If he clears waivers, he could still end up pitching at Norfolk.

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