Today is the first day of expanded rosters, but don’t expect the Orioles to do too much.
Reliever Steve Johnson is on the taxi squad and will be placed on the 40-man roster (there are two open spots) and activated today.
Also, it’s expected that today the club will call up U.S. Naval Academy product Oliver Drake, who has served as Triple-A Norfolk’s closer and has had a tremendous year.
The 28-year-old right-hander has posted a 0.82 ERA in 42 games for the Tides, striking out 66 batters in 44 innings and converting all 23 of his save opportunities.
Along with Johnson and right-hander Chaz Roe, who will come off the disabled list and be ready to pitch Wednesday, Drake will give Orioles manager Buck Showalter more reinforcements for the bullpen.
Other than that, the call-ups to Baltimore are likely to be minimal, or at least delayed with Norfolk on the verge of clinching a division title and Double-A Bowie heading to the playoffs.
Outfielder Dariel Alvarez received his call-up Friday.