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Pre-game notes: Rotation, Reimold, Roberts, Rupe, etc

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that the club likely won't decide who fills demoted Brian Matusz's rotation spot until the Orioles finish this weekend's series against the Atlanta Braves. The Orioles, who will need a starter for Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers, are waiting to see how much the bullpen is needed this weekend.

Showalter did narrow down the candidates for that start to the three internal bullpen options - Jason Berken, Brad Bergesen and Alfredo Simon - and a couple of members of Triple-A Norfolk's rotation. The two main candidates at Norfolk would be Mitch Atkins and Chris Tillman.

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Matusz, by the way, is expected to start for Norfolk on Tuesday.

Showalter admitted that it was tempting to give Nolan Reimold another start after his two-hit, and four-RBI performance against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday. However, he thought it was important to get Luke Scott back in the lineup.

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Showalter said that second baseman Brian Roberts (concussion) had a difficult day on Thursday, but he felt much better today.

Infielder Cesar Izturis (elbow surgery) will start hitting and doing other baseball activities

tomorrow in Sarasota. He's still obviously a couple of weeks away, but he's progressing a little quicker than most people expected.

Triple-A Norfolk reliever Josh Rupe had an opt/out clause in his contract, but he decided to stay in the organization. The club expects fellow reliever Clay Rapada, who cleared waivers today, to do the same.

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