Triple-A Norfolk first baseman Brandon Snyder and left-handed pitcher Troy Patton are in Boston just in case the Orioles need one of them to fill a roster spot.

They are essentially waiting status reports on first baseman Derrek Lee, who left last night's game with a strained oblique, and infielder Cesar Izturis, who is back in Baltimore seeing team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens after he started experiencing numbness in his fingers.

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I assume if Lee goes to the disabled list, Snyder would get the call, but that's just speculation on my part. Patton is a good insurance policy after the heavy usage of the bullpen last night. Their both being in Boston allows manager Buck Showalter to avoid playing short-handed tonight if both Izturis and Lee go to the DL.

Meanwhile, starter Chris Tillman, who was removed from last night's game following five innings after his back tightened up, lifted weights today and got his running in, and said he felt good.

"It's actually not bad, not as bad yesterday," Tillman told Peter Schmuck. "I think it's fine."

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