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Getting a break at the right time

The All-Star break may turn out to be fortuitous for the Orioles, from a roster perspective, since it allows the club to buy some time while making room for the return of Cesar Izturis from the disabled list (appendectomy). With the break,, manager Dave Trembley and Rick Kranitz have the option of reconfiguring the starting rotation for next weekend, which gives Andy MacPhail the option -- if he wants it -- to option David Hernandez back to Norfolk temporarily without really losing a fifth starter.

Again, it would only be a quick fix. The club may still have to move either Felix Pie or Oscar Salazar off the roster at some point, but Hernandez would give the team a chance for the problem to work itself out. There's also the possibility of Aubrey Huff going on the DL with his strained groin, the severity of which remains to be determined later today.

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If Huff went on the DL retroactive to Wednesday, he would miss the next three series and Salazar, Ty Wigginton and -- to a lesser extent -- Luke Scott would probably share first base.

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