Dave Trembley said during his pre-game news conference that Garrett Olson and Dennis Sarfate have been removed from the starting rotation. Friday's starter against the Yankees, however, will not be announced for at least another day or two.
Olson and Sarfate will remain in the bullpen for the moment, though Trembley would not rule out a minor league assignment for Olson, whose confidence -- and the club's confidence in him -- clearly has been shaken by a string of very shaky starts.
"I think we had to do something to be fair to the team and to be fair to Olson,'' Trembley said.
I've been pushing for Bowie's Brad Bergesen to be the Friday starter, but the O's might go back to either Radhames Liz or Brian Burres, who both have pitched very well at Norfolk since being demoted from the big club. Bergesen's non-roster status could be a stumbling block until Sept. 1.
Injury update: Adam Jones will be reexamined today and could be off crutches if all goes well. Matt Albers is close to pitching off the mound and could throw in a simulated situation in a week or so.