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Roster expansion just around the corner

The roster limit rises to 40 on Sept. 1 and the Orioles are expected to bring up a handful of players the Triple-A Norfolk roster. They aren't talking, of course, but it's fair to speculate that infielder Justin Turner, outfielder Joey Gathright and catcher Robby Hammock are likely to join the club for the final five weeks of the season.

It's standard procedure in baseball to add at least a catcher, an infielder and an outfielder. The Orioles conceivably could take a look at corner infield prospect Brandon Snyder, but they figure to have enough trouble making room for Turner, Hammock and Gathright on the 40-man roster. There's little chance that pitching prospect Jake Arrieta will get a look. It's really not practical for non-contending teams to stretch their top minor league starting prospects into September.

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Depending on the Dennis Sarfate situation, the O's could add some bullpen depth. The most likely candidates who are on the 40-man roster would appear to be Bob McCrory, Chris Waters and Jim Miller.

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