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Patton and Angle on way; making sense of roster jumble

With the Orioles' roster in a state of flux, the club has summoned outfielder Matt Angle and left-handed pitcher Troy Patton to Baltimore from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday night.

It's possible neither is activated. It all depends on how the Orioles' roster shakes out in the next couple of days.

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Alfredo Simon, Saturday's starter, leaves Sunday at 7 p.m. for the Dominican Republic to attend a hearing Monday, which could end his involvement as a suspect in a fatal shooting there.

He is expected to be in uniform Sunday -- if he is able, he has to be part of the team -- then will be put on the restricted list Monday. That would allow the Orioles to recall another player until Simon can return to the team (the Orioles are hopeful that will be either Tuesday or Wednesday).

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Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero has not yet been placed on the disabled list with a broken bone in his hand, but he can't swing a bat right now. So a DL stint is likely for him -- which means he could be replaced by Angle.

But Luke Scott (right shoulder) may be ready to come off the DL by Tuesday, which means they could always wait two more days before making a move with Guerrero (though his trip to the DL can be backdated to July 11).

Complicating matters are also the pending suspensions of relievers Kevin Gregg (four games) and Michael Gonzalez (three games). Manager Buck Showalter intimated that there has been some discussion involving those players and the league office, so reduction in suspensions could be coming by Monday.

The Orioles are not able to replace suspended players on the rosters -- so they'll have to play short. But Gonzalez and Gregg will not serve their suspensions at the same time.

Got all that?

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