The Orioles will expand their roster on Saturday, and theyll start by activating Wilson Betemit from the 15-day disabled list. Betemits sore right wrist has improved, and hell go to Bowie on Wednesday and Thursday. He should be activated on Saturday.Next to come off the DL should be Jason Hammel. Hes slated to pitch four or five innings, perhaps 75 pitches in Frederick on Saturday. If that goes well, he can be reactivated by the Orioles on Sept. 6 to start against New York. If Hammel, who had right knee surgery last month, needs another minor league start, he could pitch for a minor league team thats in the playoffs, manager Buck Showalter said.Jim Thome is feeling better, and he can start swinging a bat in two days if hes without pain, Showalter said. Hes missed a month with a herniated disc. Thome did not have a second epidural.Hed have to get through three of four batting practices before we could consider sending him on a rehab, Showalter said.
Troy Patton, whos on the DL with a sprained right ankle, ran in a pool. He hopes to throw on Thursday. Thome and Patton are in Sarasota, Fla.Once he gets on the mound and throws without any flareups, then we might have a better idea of timeframe, Showalter said. Stu Pomeranz wont play again this season. Hes been on the 60-day DL with a strained left oblique.Nick Johnsons right wrist injury may force him to retire.Showalter and Dan Duquette met on Monday to discuss additions to the roster beyond the DL additions.Were not interested in a bunch of numbers. Anybody you see here is somebody who can contribute to winning baseball games, Showalter said. Were not going to bring up bodies.Tommy Hunter, who threw a two-hit shutout for Bowie on Monday night, may be recalled on Sept. 3.In case of injuries, the Orioles are planning to send some minor leaguers to Sarasota to keep them in game shape in case theyre needed in September.