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Koji likely to be activated in Minnesota

Not that this is a giant surprise, but expect to see reliever Koji Uehara come off the disabled list and pitch in the Minnesota Twins series this weekend. Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he'll probably make a final decision on when the club will activate Uehara by tomorrow, but barring a setback in the next 24 hours, he should be ready to go later this week.

Trembley wouldn't commit to how he'll use Uehara, saying only that it will be late in the game.

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"I don't know if it's going to be in the closer's role, but I'll put him in late in the game, because he's going to be a late-inning reliever," Trembley said.

What will be interesting is the corresponding roster move. I'd think outfielder Lou Montanez, who is just 4-for-31 (.129) is probably the most likely guy to head back to Triple-A Norfolk. Obviously, that would leave the Orioles with an eight-man bullpen, but the other candidates -- Matt Albers, Cla Meredith and Alberto Castillo -- have pitched pretty well of late. Castillo did give up runs in back-to-back outings versus Boston, but Trembley was raving about him until that point.

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Luke Scott and Nolan Reimold took extra batting practice today. Reimold told me that he's having mechanical issues with his swing and he has been pressing a little bit. He was adamant that his surgically repaired left Achilles has not been a factor in his struggles.

Double-A Bowie pitching prospect Zach Britton was removed after five shutout innings after he was hit by a come-backer today. Not to worry, said director of player development John Stockstill, who said Britton was removed for precautionary reasons and he'll make his next start.


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