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Morning briefing: Buck on Jayson Aquino's roster status, Joey Rickard hitting and more

Morning briefing: Buck on Jayson Aquino's roster status, Joey Rickard hitting and more

Orioles rookie Jayson Aquino made quite an impression on Saturday night against a tough Boston Red Sox lineup, but he probably would have been optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk by now under normal circumstances.

He's still here because of the vagaries of MLB option rules. There's still a possibility he'll be needed to make the start that the Orioles hope Chris Tillman will be able to make on May 2. Since that start is fewer than 10 days away, Aquino can not be sent down and be available on that date unless an injury opens a place on the 25-man roster.

"It's tough...if you don't send him out he doesn't pitch until May 2 potential,'' manager Buck Showalter said....

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