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Ryan Webb, Joe Saunders likely to join Orioles on Monday as rosters expand

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles will make a number of moves when rosters expand Monday, including recalling at least two pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk.

The club is expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb and left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides to give the team additional bullpen depth.

Despite being a key part of the Orioles bullpen all season, Webb was optioned to Norfolk on Aug. 1. He was 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games (11 1/3 innings) at Norfolk. In 42 2/3 innings with the Orioles this year, Webb has a 3-2 record and a 3.80 ERA.

Saunders, a former Orioles starter who was signed to a minor league deal Aug. 5, had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings for Norfolk while working as a multiple-inning reliever. He has allowed just one run in his last nine outings (10 innings).

Saunders isn’t on the Orioles’ 40-man roster, so he will have to be added Monday. The 40-man roster currently has 39 players, and the club also could transfer third baseman Manny Machado to the 60-day disabled list to open another spot.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that the Orioles also will add at least one position player Tuesday.

Showalter said at least 10 additional players will report to Sarasota, Fla., to work out there as part of a taxi squad that could be called upon if the major league club has a need in September. Showalter said at least two or three starting pitchers will be among that group.

The Orioles also are expected to add infielder Kelly Johnson on Monday. Johnson was acquired along with former Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar in a trade with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for Norfolk infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus Jr.

Johnson will take Weeks’ spot on the 40-man roster, and he is eligible for the postseason because he joined the organization by Sunday’s midnight deadline to add players for postseason eligibility.

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