The Orioles will add reliever Alfredo Simon before Tuesday's series opener with the New York Yankees. The right-hander, who is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four outings for Triple-A Norfolk, including three starts, is on his way to Baltimore today. I think the promotion will likely cost Kam Mickolio his roster spot. Matt Albers is also another candidate, but he's out of options, and I think there is a better chance of him returning to the long relief role for the time being than him being designated for assignment. That, of course, is not set in stone but I do think the days of manager Dave Trembley using Albers with the game on the line are probably over until the reliever shows some consistency.
Despite prospect Jake Arrieta's dominant stretch at Norfolk, Brad Bergesen remains the favorite to start for the Orioles on Saturday night against the Red Sox. Bergesen allowed two earned runs in seven innings for Norfolk on Sunday, and got 14 groundball outs and only two in the air. That's more like it for a sinkerballer. All along, team officials were saying that Bergesen was the most viable candidate to start on Saturday assuming he went down to the minors and got some work in a less-pressurized environment.
Injured closer Michael Gonzalez (left shoulder strain) has still not resumed throwing, but that day probably isn't far off because the club has gotten reports that the reliever is pain free.
Injured second baseman Brian Roberts (herniated disk) was supposed to see back specialist Dr. Lee Riley on Friday, but he was sick and couldn't make the appointment. Roberts is expected to see Dr. Riley today and the club is hoping that Roberts will get cleared to begin baseball activities soon. While the two-time All-Star is still likely a couple of weeks from returning, there has been no talk about shutting him down for the rest of the season.
Relief prospect Luis Lebron had a magnetic resonance imaging on his right elbow recently, but nothing of great concern was found. The club is taking a conservative course of treatment for Lebron, who has yet to pitch this season after having an impressive spring.
Dr. Charles Steinberg, who worked 19 years for the Orioles, has been appointed by commissioner Bud Selig as his senior advisor for public affairs.
Finally, I know each off day brings more speculation that this could be the day the club fires manager Dave Trembley, but I've heard absolutely nothing to believe that is imminent.