BALTIMORE – Buck Showalter met with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and director of player development Brian Graham to discuss additions to the roster.
When the Orioles return from their upcoming road trip to Kansas City and Texas, it will be Aug. 31, a day before the rosters can be expanded to 40.
Manager Buck Showalter anticipates that two early additions will be Chaz Roe and Mike Wright, who are on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis and a strained left calf.
“Tyler Wilson (oblique) is progressing, but probably Mike Wright is ahead of him,” Showalter said.
He said the Orioles could add another bullpen arm, too.
Norfolk and Bowie could have extended playoff runs, but Showalter says that’s only a minor consideration.
“The priority is the major league club and the needs and who could come up here and help us win a baseball game,” Showalter said.
“You can’t take guys from Bowie and send them to Norfolk for the playoffs.”
Ideally, Showalter would like to have a post-Sept. 1 roster “in the low thirties.”
The Orioles will also have a taxi squad in Sarasota, Fla. once Norfolk’s season ends to keep players in shape in case of an Orioles injury.
There are 38 players on the 40-man roster giving the Orioles ample room for additions. Pitcher Steve Johnson and outfielder Dariel Alvarez are both possibilities who aren’t on the 40-man roster.