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Showalter reveals round of roster cuts

By the end of the day, the Orioles' camp roster will be down to 27 or 28 players, according to Buck Showalter.

There is still some moves to sort out, but here is what we do know: David Riske has been informed that he will not make the team. He returned to Las Vegas to attend to a personal matter and the Orioles have given him some time to deal with that and to see if he can get a big league job elsewhere. If not, the Orioles would love to have him at Triple-A.

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Rick VandenHurk has also been informed that he didn't make the club. He has to be put through waivers because he is out of options. Left-handed relievers Clay Rapada and Mark Hendrickson have been reassigned to minor-league camp, meaning that Michael Gonzalez will be the lone lefty in the Opening Day bullpen.

Hendrickson has an opt-out clause on March 30 so the Orioles have given him 48 hours to find a big league job elsewhere and ponder his options. They would like him to report to Triple-A Norfolk, but Hendrickson is not contractually obligated to do so.

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Ryan Drese has been reassigned to minor league camp and will begin the season in Norfolk's rotation.

Infielder Nick Green has been told that he won't make the club, though he will stay for the rest of spring training before getting reassigned. Outfielder Randy Winn also has left the team and went home after he was informed that he won't make the roster. It's not known yet whether Winn will stay in the organization or play elsewhere.

The Orioles will make a decision soon on outfielder Nolan Reimold and infielder Brendan Harris. I'd suspect that both are headed to Triple-A.

The only thing that is preventing Showalter from revealing his Opening Day roster is the health of Brad Bergesen. He got through a brief bullpen session today and he's scheduled to pitch a couple of innings on Wednesday. Brian Matusz, whose minor league game today was rained out, will throw six or seven innings in a simulated game. Justin Duchscherer will throw two innings in that same simulated game.

There is a lot going on, so I'll have to get back to this blog shortly, but the Orioles' Opening Day bullpen is just about set. It includes Kevin Gregg, Koji Uehara, Michael Gonzalez, Jim Johnson, Jeremy Accardo, Josh Rupe and Jason Berken.

Bergesen could join that group if the club opts to keep Chris Tillman in the rotation. Or if Bergesen goes to the rotation, then Tillman probably goes to Triple-A.

If both Tillman and Bergesen make the club, it will probably be at the expense of a roster spot for Craig Tatum or Robert Andino.

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