Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that, assuming all goes well with lefty Randy Wolf in his workout today and he receives medical clearance, Wolf will be activated onto the 25-man roster Friday.
The 36-year-old left-hander will then be eligible to be placed on the Orioles’ playoff roster, if necessary.
Wolf is expected to join the bullpen – though he has made just five relief appearances in his 14 season career spanning 371 games. He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 17, when he allowed five runs in seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Milwaukee Brewers then released Wolf (3-10, 5.69 ERA in 25 games this year) on Aug. 22.
He arrived in Baltimore on Wednesday and played catch and long toss in the outfield before the game, then talked with Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair.
The Orioles will have to make a 25-man roster move to make room for Wolf. It should be fairly painless, because players sent to Triple-A Norfolk can be returned to the Orioles after the Tides’ season ends Sept. 3 (assuming they don’t make the playoffs, which is unlikely).
For instance, Zach Britton, who pitches today, could be sent to Norfolk and be back to make his regular turn in the rotation for the Orioles on Tuesday.
Here are some other news and notes from Showalter’s news conference:
** Tommy Hunter will pitch one inning for Double-A Bowie on Sept. 1 to keep him fresh. He then can return to the Orioles on Sept. 3.
** The Orioles will call up several players on Sept. 1 when rosters expand. One will be a third catcher – likely Luis Exposito, who is on the 40-man roster.
** Wilson Betemit (right wrist) came through his first rehab game at Double-A Bowie with no problems. He was hitless in four at-bats. He will play with the Baysox again Thursday and should be activated by the Orioles this week.
** The Orioles can also expand their coaching staff in September. Former Oriole Scott McGregor will be with the club and travel with it for the remainder of the season, throwing batting practice and helping in various areas
** Triple-A manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin will join the Orioles on Sept. 11. Until then, roving instructors and Don Werner and Bobby Dickerson will meet the team in Toronto and throw batting practice. Those two will leave the club to begin the organization’s Instructional League on Sept. 12 in Sarasota, Fla.. Brian Graham (minor league coordinator) also may help out before he goes to Instructional League.
** Showalter spent the night at Camden Yards – sleeping on a not-so-effective air mattress.