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Rookie Olson sticking around for second start

Orioles interim manager Dave Trembley unveiled his plans for the starting rotation after the All-Star break, and they include Garrett Olson. The rookie left-hander, who got a no-decision in his major league debut Wednesday in Chicago, will again face the White Sox Sunday in the finale of a four-game series at Camden Yards.

Jeremy Guthrie will get the second half started Thursday, followed by Erik Bedard, Daniel Cabrera and Olson.

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"I didn't know exactly what they wanted or expected of me after the All-Star break," said Olson, who got the news Saturday night. "I figured there was a chance, coming here or going back [to Triple-A Norfolk]. It was nice to hear the news."

Olson, a 23-year-old who is one of the organization's top pitching prospects, allowed two earned runs on five hits and five walks in his major league debut. He was pulled after 4 1/3 innings, two outs shy of being eligible for a victory. The Orioles were leading by four runs at the time.

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"Being with the team right now, I'm kind of getting acclimated to the level a little bit, just getting more comfortable being around the guys," said Olson, who was scheduled to play yesterday's All-Star Futures Game, but had to decline after he got called up to the majors. "I think the next go-round I'll be a little bit more prepared and know what to expect."

Olson is starting in Steve Trachsel's rotation spot. Trachsel, on the disabled list with a strained gluteus muscle, will likely go on a rehabilitation assignment next week and throw one or two games. He's expected to throw bullpen sessions tomorrow and Thursday.

Trembley said Brian Burres remains the club's fifth starter, meaning the left-hander will likely make his first start after the break next Monday at Seattle.

Roberts to start?

Placido Polanco, the Detroit Tigers second baseman voted as the starter in tomorrow's All-Star Game, strained a ribcage muscle during Saturday's game and didn't play yesterday. He told reporters he was feeling much better and hoped to play tomorrow. If he can't, the Orioles' Brian Roberts will likely get the nod.

Not that it matters to Roberts, who started the 2005 game.

"It wouldn't mean anything more to me or anything less. It's the same difference really," he said. "I don't think it matters. This one doesn't mean less to me because I'm not starting. One of them I got voted in by the fans, which was fun. The other one I got voted in by the players, which is just as good, if not better. I don't want anybody to get hurt, certainly, just to start. It's not that big of a deal."

Mora makes appearance

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When third baseman Melvin Mora bruised his left foot in the game-ending play at the plate July 1, the Orioles expected he'd be back in the lineup in a day or two. But Mora didn't start again yesterday, though he did enter the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. Mora flied out to left in his only action of the seven-day road trip.

Mora expects to be back in the lineup in the second-half opener Thursday.

"Yeah, [I'm disappointed], especially when you get hot and something happens," said Mora, who was about to soak his foot in an ice bucket when he was approached by reporters. "Hopefully, I'm going to keep getting treatment and it keeps getting better."

Asked whether he is confident his foot will be ready after the All-Star break, Mora said: "If it [isn't], I'll make it. I don't know if it's going to be 100 percent, but I'm going to play."

Tejada to get examined

Shortstop Miguel Tejada, who is on the disabled list with a fracture in his left wrist, will see team doctors Wednesday and have tests done to see how his injury is healing. The Orioles have gotten good reports thus far. ... In his second rehab outing Saturday, Danys Baez (strained right forearm) pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.

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jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com


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