SAN FRANCISCO—Rosters can expand from 25 to 40 players on Sept. 1, and it’s never too early for manager Buck Showalter and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette to think about expansion.
“I’ve thought about it in my head, and with the coaches, kind of banged some things around, but I haven’t approached that subject at all with Dan. I don’t want 40 guys up here. I want guys up here that can help us,” Showalter said.
The Orioles currently have four players on the disabled list: Brian Duensing, T.J. McFarland, Darren O’Day and Joey Rickard. All could return by Sept. 1, and some could before then.
If all four return, there would be 15 pitchers, and with the expected additions of a third catcher, probably Francisco Pena, and an infielder, perhaps Paul Janish, might that be about as many additions as the team can handle.
“I’m not going to get into exactly what I think. We’ll sit down and bang it around again. Things will change the next couple of weeks. In our situation, it’s not going to be a tryout camp. It’s going to be: come up here and help us. I know Dan feels that way,” Showalter said.
Another possible addition is Christian Walker, who was a September callup in the last two seasons. Walker, who has transitioned to left field from first base this year, is batting .258 with 12 home runs and 49.
“He’s played OK out there. He’s gotten better as the season’s went on. I was just reading the narratives about him this morning. He hasn’t had the year he hoped he would have. He’s done some good things out there. New position. He’s done OK out there. He’s not going to be Adam Jones, but who is?” Showalter said.
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