Tatum expected to be recalled

No final decisions have been made and this certainly shouldn't come as a surprise, but catcher Craig Tatum is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk either today or tomorrow.

Tatum, who played in 43 games last year as Matt Wieters' primary backup, batted .200 with seven RBIs in 21 games for the Tides. He returned last week after a stint on the minor league disabled list with shoulder soreness.

The Orioles have been looking to add a more traditional backup catcher to the roster to free up Jake Fox to serve in more of a utility role. They haven't had the roster flexibility to do so, but both Brian Roberts and Cesar Izturis being on the disabled list has opened up some options.

Tatum could catch tomorrow's afternoon series finale against the Kansas City Royals. In that case, the Orioles could hold off on a roster move until tomorrow, or tonight's game could force them in a different direction. Tatum is expected to arrive in Baltimore at some point today. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be recalled, as Troy Patton knows well.

I don't like to speculate on the corresponding move, and I'm told it hasn't been decided yet. But it should be pretty obvious the names that are being considered. The Orioles want second baseman Ryan Adams and first baseman Brandon Snyder to get regular at-bats. If they are not getting them in the big leagues, it probably makes more sense to have them playing every day in Triple-A. Fox also can play first base, meaning the Orioles may not need an extra infielder.

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