By now, you probably know that the Orioles will announce today the promotions of outfielder Nolan Reimold and infielders Brandon Snyder and Robert Andino. Reimold and Snyder are already on the 40-man roster, but the Orioles will have to designate a player for assignment to make room for Andino. That won't be too hard. There are several players – pitchers Frank Mata and Armando Gabino, infielder Rhyne Hughes and outfielder Lou Montanez to name a few – who aren't expected to get call-ups and might not factor in the team's plans going forward.

The Orioles will then add three or four pitchers in the days ahead, but the exact timing of the next wave of promotions hasn't been decided. Right-hander Chris Tillman, who throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Norfolk last night, will come up and start for the Orioles as the club goes to a six-man rotation for a good part of September. However, manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Rick Kranitz still have to decide whether Tillman will make his next scheduled start for the Tides on Sunday in their second-to-last game of the season or immediately come up to the big leagues.

Advertisement

With how well the rotation is going, there could be a sense of "what's the rush?" However, team officials are looking at the number of innings that have already been logged by rookies Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz this year and know adding Tillman into the mix will ease their workload a bit.

Another pitcher who will rejoin the club is reliever David Hernandez, who is on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain. Hernandez is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session in Sarasota, Fla., today, and how quickly he's activated will depend how he looks in today's session.

After Tillman and Hernandez, the Orioles will probably add one other pitcher, though they haven't ruled out promoting two. With Michael Gonzalez pitching mostly in the eighth inning, the Orioles are leaning heavily toward bringing up a left-hander who could be used earlier in the game in matchup situations. The three guys who immediately come to mind are Troy Patton, Alberto Castillo and Pedro Viola.

It's still not impossible that a guy like Dennis Sarfate gets another look, but with the length the Orioles are getting from their starters, Showalter is having a hard enough time getting guys in the current bullpen enough work to keep them sharp. That's obviously a good problem to have. So look for them to add Hernandez and a lefty and then see whether the run of good starting pitching continues before deciding whether another reliever is needed.

We'll know more later about how Showalter plans to mix in guys like Reimold and Snyder, especially with the team playing so well. However, I expect these guys to get some opportunities to show what they can do, and this month could be especially pivotal to a player like Reimold, who has had a nightmare season.

A couple of other things: Infielder Scott Moore got some consideration for a promotion. However, Moore hasn't played since Aug. 24 and he's dealing with pneumothorax, which is basically a partial collapse of the lung. Moore is recovering nicely and is expected to resume baseball activities today. However, it's unlikely that he'll join the Orioles before season's end.

Outfield prospect Xavier Avery, who is currently at Double-A Bowie, remains the top candidate to join the Orioles' contingent headed to the Arizona Fall League. That hasn't been finalized, but Avery is at the top of the list.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement