The ability to expand rosters is a still few weeks away, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter admits he has been thinking about it and how calling up players from Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie on Sept. 1 would affect those teams' postseason run.

The conclusion: It won't matter. Showalter's roster takes precedence over Ron Johnson's International League South Division-leading Tides.


"I really like Ron Johnson, but no," Showalter said.

Big league rosters in September can expand up to 40 players and Showalter said he would consider calling up players who aren't currently on the 40-man roster.

"We've got plenty of roster space. Plenty," Showalter said. "We'll take whoever can help us."

No update on Pearce; Wieters back Monday?

In other news, Showalter said he hadn't heard an update Sunday on the health of infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce (oblique) who felt some tightness Saturday morning and has been told to take it easy for a day or two. Showalter said Pearce didn't suffer a setback and still could play in a rehab game next week.

The the club is still hopeful he'll return to the Orioles by September.

"We were hoping first part of the week," Showalter said of Pearce returning to baseball action. "But we'll wait and see how the next day or two goes."

Catcher Matt Wieters wasn't in Sunday's starting lineup, but Showalter held out hope that Wieters would be ready, at least to DH, on Monday. He hasn't played since leaving Tuesday's game in Seattle with a right hamstring strain.

Johnson impresses

Showalter said he has been impressed with how right-hander Steve Johnson (St. Paul's) has been pitching at Norfolk, both out of the bullpen and as a spot starter for three games.

"Some of it was necessity, but he was the most equipped to do it," Showalter said about Johnson starting. "I tell you, we're excited about where he is. He's averaging like 13 strikeouts per nine innings."