Vlad to DL tmrw, Os roster in flux
The Orioles are expected to place Vladimir Guerrero on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, the first of what could be several roster moves in the next few days.
Guerrero — who has a broken bone in his right hand — can’t hold a bat and said he feels pain when swinging, making the DL an obvious decision. The veteran designated hitter was hit by a pitch in Sunday’s game at Boston and hasn’t played since, leaving the Orioles with a short bench for the Cleveland series.
When asked if the team would have another hitter for Saturday’s game, manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t think it was possible with Triple-A Norfolk currently playing in Gwinnett. Outfielder Matt Angle and third baseman Josh Bell are the two candidates to replace Guerrero on the 25-man roster and it’s possible the team ends up activating both players at some point in the next few days depending on the status of the bullpen, which has a pair of looming suspensions for Kevin Gregg and Michael Gonzalez, and the timetable for Luke Scott (torn right labrum), who could be activated as early as Tuesday.
“There’s a lot of moving parts right now,” Showalter said of the team’s roster. “It’s unusual after the break, but we had some things in Boston, some self-inflicted, some not self-inflicted, that we’ve had to make adjustments on and put it in a different situation.”
Another factor is Saturday’s starter Alfredo Simon, who will leave the team following Sunday afternoon’s game to tend to a legal issue in the Dominican Republic stemming from his New Year’s Day arrest and imprisonment. The team is expected to place Simon on the restricted list prior to Monday’s game which frees up a roster spot for as long as he is gone, which is expected to be just a day. Since you don’t get paid on the restricted list and Simon technically doesn’t have to be in the Dominican until Monday he will still assume a roster spot and be with the team –although obviously unavailable to pitch – on Sunday.
The expectation is that the Orioles will get word on Gregg’s appeal of his four-game suspension by Monday and if his sentence is reduced he could start serving that early next week. Under that scenario Gonzalez (three games) would continue to appeal to keep the bullpen from being down two arms. With Simon in the rotation right now and long reliever Brad Bergesen tentatively slated to start Monday, adding fresh arms from Triple-A to keep the bullpen from being taxed is another possibility before this weekend is through.