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MacPhail and Angelos meet -- again

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and principal owner Peter Angelos met today to discuss the floundering team and its major-league-worst 14-31 record.

Those discussions are becoming a more common occurrence, something MacPhail joked doesn't suit either man.

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"He's gotten a larger dose of me than I think he wants," MacPhail said. "He's gotten a heavy dose of me recently, but, obviously, he is more likely to see me when things aren't going well than when things go along as planned."

MacPhail would not reveal specifics, but the topic of manager Dave Trembley's job security surely was on the agenda. Trembley's job still isn't safe, but he survived Monday's off day, which seemed like it would be a logical time for him to be replaced if that decision already had been made.

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When asked about Trembley on Monday afternoon, MacPhail said basically what he has said in the past, that his focus right now is on roster construction and not his manager.

"We are still working through player personnel issues, which have increased based on our injury issues Sunday," MacPhail said.

The Orioles are expected to place reliever Koji Uehara (strained right elbow) on the disabled list Tuesday. They also could do the same thing with closer Alfredo Simon, who strained his left hamstring running to cover first base in Sunday's 10th inning.

MacPhail said the club is looking at every potential option to improve the beleaguered bullpen. That presumably would include promoting relievers such as Frank Mata, Kam Mickolio, Dennis Sarfate and Alberto Castillo from Triple-A Norfolk. Also, the club could move starter David Hernandez to the bullpen while calling up prospects Chris Tillman or Jake Arrieta to take Hernandez's place in the rotation.

Tillman and Arrieta almost certainly would not be called up to pitch in relief, however.


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