Another day, another new player, another corresponding move.
Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, most recently of the Toronto Blue Jays, will join the Orioles in Kansas City today after being claimed off waivers Tuesday.
The Orioles haven't officially decided who will come off the roster to make room for Reyes. There are a couple scenarios – and they basically are contingent on who starts Friday and Saturday against the Blue Jays at home.
Although I guess there are plenty of candidates, it likely will come down to three for two starts: Tommy Hunter, Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter used Hunter for one inning Tuesday, which was akin to a side session. He made sure he didn't send him out for a second inning to keep him as an option for Friday.
Really, he is more than an option. Expect him to make his first Orioles start Friday.
Complicating matters is that lefty Troy Patton had to leave today to clear up legal issues in Texas. He could be back either Thursday night or Friday morning. It's possible the Orioles just send Patton to Triple-A Norfolk today to make room for Reyes. That way they are not short one man in the bullpen.
Or they could disable Jake Arrieta, but they may want to hold on to that option if they want Tillman to start Saturday. Since Tillman was demoted last Saturday, the only way he can be recalled again before the requisite 10 days is if replaces an injured player. They can't disable Arrieta today for Reyes and then bring up Tillman for another pitcher Saturday.
But if Bergesen gets the Saturday start, then they can just disable Arrieta for Reyes.
A couple other quick tidbits:
Minor league catching instructor Don Werner, who has filled in as the big league bullpen coach, will return to the minors when the Orioles return to Camden Yards. The organization wants him working with some of the young backstops for the final month of the minor league season. Another interim replacement has not been named.
Infielder Cesar Izturis was 2-for-7 with a walk, a run and two RBIs in Tuesday's doubleheader for Double-A Bowie as part of his rehab assignment for his surgically repaired elbow. He'll play all nine innings at short tonight and may play in Thursday morning's game for the Baysox. Then the Orioles will decide whether to activate him for Friday. He thought he was ready last weekend and was with the team in New York. But the Orioles thought he could use a little more work down below. They had him in New York, though, because there wasn't an easy affiliate assignment available and they wanted to take a closer look at his progression. When he gets activated, Josh Bell or Blake Davis likely will be the odd man out.
The Orioles still feel they have players they can trade in August, but it won't happen immediately. The smoke needs to clear first on who has made it through trade waivers. It's a confidential process, but I am sure there will be leaks. There always are.