Looking at Orioles' potential odd men out

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles' camp roster is down to 35 players if you don't count guys who are headed to the disabled list (Jim Hoey and Freddie Bynum among them). I'm still including Jay Gibbons, who will miss the first 15 days.

Of those 35, you'd figure that pitchers Jon Leicester, Lance Cormier, Jim Johnson and Rocky Cherry, catcher Chris Heintz, infielders Eider Torres and Oscar Salazar and outfielder Chris Roberson are the most vulnerable.

Roberson is hitting .321, can run and plays a decent outfield, but is there room for him, Gibbons (once he returns) and Scott Moore? Guillermo Quiroz is the backup catcher and someone is needed to play the middle infield positions. That's five bodies for four reserve spots.

The Orioles still owe Gibbons $11.9 million. That's a heavy sum to swallow if they decide to eat his contract. He's batting .172 with no home runs in 29 at-bats.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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