Orioles/Twins lineups and roster move coming

*The Orioles are expected to activate catcher Matt Wieters and insert him into Sunday’s lineup. That means either Jake Fox or Craig Tatum will be taken off the 25-man roster. As I said the other day, Tatum appears to be the likely choice. What the O’s will likely do is send down Tatum (who has an option) over Fox (who is out of options) and look to trade Ty Wigginton by next week’s deadline. That way the Orioles can have Fox and Luke Scott (who could also be moved although it would likely  be an AL team) platoon at first and call Tatum back up, not losing either player.

*It is believed president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail didn’t want to trade away Wigginton before Brian Roberts –who came back Friday — was activated.  The Rangers, Yankees , Giants, Twins, Angels and Phillies are among the teams who have been mentioned as possible landing spots.

*Of course the Orioles could also make another trade to free up a roster spot, but if they do opt to send down Tatum he’d have to stay there for at least 10 days unless there’s an injury.

*While it’s a tough move to send down Tatum –who is one of the most popular players in the clubhouse –given how the Orioles starters have fared lately, the team needs all their relievers.

*Jim Johnson (right elbow inflammation) will throw some batting practice down at the team’s Minor League complex in Sarasota which would be the last step before going out on a rehab assignment.

*Lou Montanez (oblique strain) is participating in baseball-related activities.

Brian Roberts 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS
Brian Matusz LHP

Denard Span CF
Alexi Casilla 2B
Joe Mauer C
Michael Cuddyer 1B
Delmon Young LF
Jason Kubel DH
Danny Valencia 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jason Repko RF
Scott Baker RHP

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