The Orioles have long debated whether setup man Jim Johnson, who came up through their system as a starter, should move to the rotation, but that dialogue has heated up the past couple of weeks to the point where it may be not a matter of if, but when. The performance of the Orioles' rotation has left team officials scrambling to find not only starters for the rest of the season, but also guys they can pencil into next year's rotation. You can't do that with Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman, and who knows what will happen with Brian Matusz over the next couple of months? Originally, I felt that the Orioles would wait until the offseason to begin stretching Johnson out as a starter. However, I don't think that they have that luxury anymore. The organization needs to know whether he'll be able to handle starting every five days, and it would benefit them to have that information before the offseason. If he can, that's one fewer starter they need to target and one more reliever they'll need to add. Also factoring in the decision is the fact taht team officials can't have too much confidence they'll be to acquire quality rotation help this offseason, so they are left to figure out ways of filling most of the spots internally.