Nothing is official right now – the Orioles are in the middle of getting blown out by the Rays for their sixth straight loss – but expect right-hander Kam Mickolio to be called up to replace Michael Gonzalez (strained shoulder), who hit the disabled list today, on the 25-man roster.
Mickolio, 25, was one of the last cuts in spring camp. The 6-foot-9 righty has pitched in 20 games with the Orioles in the past two seasons, going 0-3 with a 3.80 ERA.
He has made three appearances for Triple-A Norfolk this season, allowing four hits, four walks and one run in three innings pitched. He has struck out five.
Mickolio is considered the club's closer of the future, but that future likely isn't now. At least not until he can throw strikes consistently. Expect Jim Johnson to get the lion's share of save opportunities, with others being inserted in the mix if the situation dictates.
Johnson saved 10 games for the Orioles in 2009.