The Baltimore Orioles' roster is about to get bigger. A lot bigger.
Today, major-league rosters expand from 25 to 40, as clubs are allowed to bring up any player on their 40-man roster.
The Orioles, who have shuffled players up and down all season to their nearby minor-league affiliates, will certainly be taking advantage. Although probably not right away.
Baltimore will have to wait for the minor-league playoffs to unfold before it completely fills out its new expanded roster.
"The priority's here, but you're trying to keep them with their bullets as much as possible," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said recently. "I know if the players voted on it, they'd all want to come right away."
The Orioles already brought Kevin Gausman back up to the majors in the bullpen. Now, there will be more.
Here's a look at the most likely candidates to be brought up to Baltimore at some point during this final month of the season:
Most teams usually call up a third catcher when the rosters expand. The Orioles will likely follow suit.
And the catcher they call up could be Steve Clevenger, who Baltimore acquired from the Cubs along with Feldman. Clevenger is from the Baltimore area and has shown to be a decent hitter at Norfolk.
Plus, he is already on the 40-man roster, unlike Chris Snyder. In the past, the Orioles would bring up top prospects to allow young players to get some major-league experience because they were out of the playoff race.
The only top prospect fans may see in Baltimore this September is second baseman Jonathan Schoop.
As the Orioles attempt to earn their second straight playoff appearance, it is unlikely any of the September call-ups make a huge impact on the club. That may be Morse who does that.
But the roster expansion will give the Orioles options that may include using five or six relievers on any given night, moving to a six-man rotation, or giving Matt Wieters more time at DH.
The call-ups may have a more profound impact if Baltimore has any injuries in September. But Showalter is sure hoping that doesn't happen.
"It's a moving target," Showalter said. "See what the needs are physically and who we think presents the best option and we'll do some things matchup wise."