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Bullpen changes will continue

When Brad Bergesen is promoted to make Saturday's start against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles will need to open up a roster spot, and they'll likely do it by dumping a reliever.

When Koji Uehara is activated from the disabled list -- possibly for the start of this weekend's series versus Boston, depending on how he fares in Thursday's rehabilitation outing -- he'll likely replace another current reliever on the 25-man roster.

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Who will those two relievers be?

Obviously, Matt Albers would be a prime candidate because of his 9.35 ERA. Orioles manager Dave Trembley certainly didn't give him a huge vote of confidence over the weekend. Albers is out of options so the Orioles would have to designate him for assignment.

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Cla Meredith does have an option left so the Orioles could demote him to Triple-A without losing him. But you'd have a hard time convincing me that Meredith isn't one of the Orioles' better relief options and belongs here.

Alberto Castillo has been quite a revelation in limited chances, and is morphing into one of Trembley's most trusted relief options. Alfredo Simon appears to be the team's closer of the present with Jim Johnson returning to his eighth-inning role.

Mark Hendrickson and Jason Berken have been extremely valuable as long relievers, while WIll Ohman is still considered the team's situational lefty.

It will certainly be an interesting decision that the club makes, and cause some uneasy nights for several of the relievers.

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