ARLINGTON, Tex. – Roster expansion is just three days away, and Buck Showalter continues to be asked about it. When the Orioles return on Monday, they’ll make some final decisions.
Because Norfolk is in the playoff picture, the Orioles don’t want to plunder the Tides.
Chaz Roe, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10 is scheduled to be activated on Wednesday.
Showalter is eager to have Roe, “which is like getting another one without having to send anybody back down.”
Mike Wright is scheduled for another rehab start on Tuesday, the day the rosters expand, but he’ll be added shortly after that.
Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette continue to talk about additions.
“I know what I would do. We’ll wait, as we get closer. With Dan, we met before we left and we’ll see what may have changed,” Showalter said.
Dariel Alvarez, who was going to be added is already with the Orioles.
The Orioles will add to the bullpen.
“We’ll probably take Chaz and at least one more, initially. Maybe more. I don’t know. We’ll see what Dan thinks when we get there,” Showalter said.
One name under consideration is Oliver Drake, who spent time with the Orioles earlier this season.
"He's under strong consideration. I want them to focus there and finish off a good season that a lot of those guys have had down there. Oliver's had as good of a statistical year as you want to see a reliever have. He's pretty glad we protected him. He's had that type of year,” Showalter said.
The Orioles could dip down to Bowie to take first baseman Trey Mancini, but the Baysox are in the playoffs, too.
Four outfielders currently with Norfolk have played for the Orioles this month, Junior Lake, David Lough, Nolan Reimold and Henry Urrutia, but it’s unlikely that more than two would be added. Non-roster outfielder Julio Borbon could make an appearance, too.
“If we do that, somebody's got to play in those playoffs. But I think we'll initially start serving what needs we have right away and then go from there. I think we'll be able to solve both needs, the needs of our club and the needs of Norfolk. That's what we're trying to do. But we're going to err on the side of Baltimore,” Showalter said.
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