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Reliever Jim Johnson, who had been shut down after experiencing some recurring discomfort in his right elbow, threw from flat ground yesterday and will do so again tomorrow. Johnson still isn't sure when he'll start throwing again from the mound.

Reliever Michael Gonzalez, who gave up a run in 1 2/3 innings for short-season Single-A Aberdeen last night, will likely continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk on Friday night. That decision is not final, but it appears the Orioles will wait until next week before activating him.

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Second baseman Brian Roberts, who went 5-for-6 in two rehab games for the Gulf Coast Orioles, took today off as planned. If there are no setbacks, Roberts could join Double-A Bowie to continue his rehab assignment when the Baysox return home early next week.

Designated hitter Luke Scott is expected to start his rehab assignment tomorrow for the Gulf Coast Orioles.

Triple-A first baseman Brandon Snyder, who hasn't played since June 17 because of a shoulder injury, will be evaluated tomorrow. If he is cleared to resume playing, he'll likely start a five-day rehab assignment at Aberdeen before rejoining the Tides.

Triple-A pitcher Brandon Erbe, who has been shelved with shoulder issues since he last pitched on June 20, is also close to returning to the mound.

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