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Bell expected to take Scott's roster spot; Erbe could pitch tonight, couple of other minor league notes

With Luke Scott (torn labrum in right shoulder) headed to the disabled list possibly for the rest of the season, the Orioles are expected to recall Triple-A Norfolk third baseman Josh Bell.

Bell is batting .254 with 16 homers and 57 RBIs in 87 games for the Tides. He is 1-for-1 for the Orioles this season with a single and a run scored. He has struggled lately for Norfolk, going 1-for-17 with nine strikeouts in his past four games.

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It will be interesting to see how Orioles manager Buck Showalter uses the 24-year-old third baseman. When Bell was returned to Norfolk earlier this week after serving as a one-day roster replacement for Alfredo Simon, Showalter said that Bell needs to be playing rather than sitting the bench.

We'll see if that happens up here. With Vladimir Guerrero still out, the Orioles could opt to use Bell at designated hitter, or they could start him at third base and use Mark Reynolds at DH. Or they could use him off the bench and use Nolan Reimold at DH while Felix Pie plays left.

Bell wasn't down in Norfolk for the normally-required 10 days after his demotion, but that doesn't apply in an injury situation.

A couple of other minor league notes: Rehabbing pitchers Brandon Erbe and Luis Lebron coud pitch one inning tonight for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Second baseman Ryan Adams has been dealing with a sore groin, and that's why he's been used more at designated hitter lately.

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