The injury that forced Derrek Lee out of Monday night's game and the apparent nerve problem that sent Cesar Izturis back to Baltimore to meet with Dr. John Wilckens on Tuesday almost certainly will lead to at least one -- and likely two -- roster moves over the next couple of days.

It's not clear yet how long each player will be out, but it is clear that the Orioles played a man short last night and they are going to have to sit Lee for at least a few days. That means somebody has got to be headed this way from Triple-A Norfolk.

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Since Buck Showalter can use Robert Andino and Jake Fox as utility infielders, it seems more logical for the Orioles to bring up a first baseman or outfielder. Brandon Snyder has been swinging the bat pretty well for the Tides and has displayed some power. Nolan Reimold has not hit for average but would give the Orioles the option of playing Luke Scott at first base, which would take some strain off his sore shoulder.

Lee said last night that he has been feeling soreness in the oblique area for awhile and thinks he only needs a couple of days to rest it, but club officials don't share his confidence that he can manage that kind of injury and continue playing. The situation likely will become clearer this afternoon.

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