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Trembley on Hernandez, Atkins, Gonzalez

Orioles manager Dave Trembley met with the media at 12:30 and confirmed what we've all been writing.

He says David Hernandez's shoulder discomfort should make him miss only a start. They'll know for sure by his next side session, which probably will be Tuesday, whether he will start as scheduled on Friday at Washington.

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Trembley said that if he had viewed this as an injury that requires a disabled list stint, he might have dipped to Triple-A Norfolk for a starter. But since it is not viewed that way, Mark Hendrickson takes the start and Alberto Castillo, who was recalled Sunday, replaces him as another lefty in the bullpen.

"I thought it was best to stay in-house for one start. I think you are looking at a different story if you are looking at a DL [situation]," Trembley said. "But it wasn't a DL."

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The Orioles are playing with a short bench now that Rhyne Hughes has been sent to Norfolk to make room for Castillo. And that, Trembley said, means Garrett Atkins is back to being the club's starting first baseman, at least for now.

"Garrett Atkins is playing first base [today]," Trembley said. "And I would expect he would play first base for the next few games here while we are going with one more pitcher and one less position player."

A couple other quick tidbits: Michael Gonzalez (shoulder) is expected to throw live batting practice on Monday at extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla., and then will throw one inning in an extended spring game Thursday.

Brian Roberts (back) is hitting off a tee and is expected to go to Sarasota when the Orioles start their road trip later this week.

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