Manager Buck Showalter indicated to reporters in Detroit on Saturday that when Kevin Gausman is recalled on Wednesday to start at Yankee Stadium, a position player is likely to be dropped.
Of course, someone could get hurt between now and then; no position player has been placed on the disabled list since Ryan Flaherty went for the second time this season on May 12.
Besides backup catcher Caleb Joseph, Ryan Flaherty is the only one of the irregulars who has options. The Orioles could always option him for 10 days and recall him after the trading deadline when the club may look somewhat different.
Chris Parmelee, whose contract was purchased on June 16, has played an excellent first base, but whose bat has been quiet after a hot start, could be dropped.
But, if Parmelee is dropped, he’s probably gone from the organization. There was talk that Tampa Bay was interested in signing him if he opted out, and even if he passed through waivers, he might not want to return to Norfolk—weeks after he was about to opt out.
Nolan Reimold and Travis Snider would almost surely be claimed on waivers, too. So would Steve Pearce, and all three of them can play multiple positions.
What about David Lough?
Lough is also out of options, but he starts less frequently than do the others. He played center field when Adam Jones was hurt, but Reimold did that twice, too. And, if Jones was hurt again, Julio Borbon could be summoned from Norfolk.
Since Jones returned, Lough has started in just three games and hasn’t been in the starting lineup in any of the three games in Detroit this weekend. While the Orioles don’t have a true pinch runner without him, Lough has been thrown out in four of his five basestealing attempts.
If the Orioles attempt to pass him through waivers, he might pass through and he could be outrighted to Norfolk and quickly brought back in case of injury.
And, Lough would be an ideal September player with an expanded roster as a pinch runner and defensive replacement.