I don't recall seeing the Orioles get five guys back from the disabled list within a week's span, but that very easily could happen this week. That will make for some interesting roster juggling. Let's review while also looking ahead:

Designated hitter Luke Scott came back yesterday, and reliever Frank Mata was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. No-brainer with Mata unavailable for a couple of days anyway after his extensive outing Sunday.

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Reliever Michael Gonzalez is expected to be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list tomorrow, and third baseman Josh Bell will likely be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk so he can play regularly. The Orioles will then also have to open a 40-man spot to Gonzalez on the roster, and the easiest move would probably be to transfer reliever Jim Johnson from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. That would leave Johnson ineligible to come off until July 28. He just started throwing from the mound again yesterday and that DL date is only about a week away, so Johnson wasn't going to come back that quickly anyway. Now the tougher decisions:

Kevin Millwood will be eligible to come off the DL tomorrow, and he has said he'll be ready to pitch right away. The Orioles could opt to hold him off a couple of days, but his return is inevitable. After the Gonzalez-for-Bell swap, the Orioles will have only a three-man bench, so they obviously are going to have to jettison a pitcher when Millwood is ready. Brad Bergesen, who is expected to pitch tomorrow on the same day Millwood is due off the DL, could be the most likely candidate, but the Orioles' bullpen is taxed, so it's also possible that they move Bergesen there for the time being and designate Matt Albers for assignment. The issue there is that Albers is out of options and would have to clear waivers, and he has pitched very well for the Orioles over the past month. I'm guessing that doesn't matter to many of you who have been calling for Albers' jobs for months, but I'm just pointing it out. My guess would be Bergesen is the call, but that could change if he has a strong start Wednesday if in fact they allow him to start that game.

Catcher Matt Wieters is due off the DL on Sunday, and he too feels like he'll be ready right away. This will be a tough call, but I guess it's not impossible that the Orioles send down Craig Tatum, who does have one option remaining, and go with Wieters and Jake Fox as the catching tandem. Or they can opt to designate Fox or Scott Moore, who are both out of options.

Second baseman Brian Roberts' rehab stint with Double-A Bowie is tentatively scheduled to end Saturday. The Orioles haven't said yet whether they plan to activate him Sunday, Monday or perhaps give him a few more rehab games and avoid having to play him on the turf in Toronto. But barring a setback, a decision will have to be made soon, and I'm guessing Moore is probably in the most jeopardy. A lot of people have been calling to dump Julio Lugo, but team officials have been pretty adamant about the need for someone on the roster other than Cesar Izturis to play shortstop, and Lugo really is the only one with extensive experience there besides third baseman Miguel Tejada. Team officials have shot down repeatedly the idea of moving Tejada back to short. Designating Fox or Moore for assignment would also open up a 40-man spot for Roberts, who is currently on the 60-day DL. And there are other ways to open up 40-man spots with the likes of Mata, Pedro Viola and Pedro Florimon Jr. still on the roster.

Of course, with the trade deadline just a week and a half away, it's also possible -- probable, in fact -- the Orioles will move at least one or two veterans (Ty Wigginton, Tejada and Will Ohman are probably the most likely to go) and they'll have plenty of roster room at their disposal.

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