More on rotation, Britton note

The Orioles starting rotation could get pushed back a day with right-hander Steve Johnson expected to be recalled prior to Tuesday’s game as long as there’s an expected disabled list move. That move will be with reliever Troy Patton, who injured his ankle after yesterday’s game. The team is considering starting Johnson on his regular day –which is Tuesday –and pushing back the rest of the Orioles rotation which would solve the problem as to who starts on Saturday.

The team had been employing a four-man rotation and would have needed to make a move for a starter on Saturday if they do stay on turn. Johnson was scheduled to pitch Tuesday for Triple-A Norfolk already and if the Orioles push back the rest of the rotation Tommy Hunter would be scheduled to go on Saturday. Patton’s injury, which was first reported by MASNSports.com, enables the Orioles to recall Johnson from the Minors before his 10 days is up.

It’s one option that’s being kicked around, as the Orioles are also expected to officially add lefty J.C. Romero to the bullpen prior to Tuesday’s game. Romero was acquired in a trade for the Cleveland Indians earlier today and had pitched with Norfolk before opting out earlier this season. Assuming Patton goes to the DL,  Romero will be the lone lefty in the ‘pen.

Left-handed pitcher Zach Britton made his first start tonight since being optioned to Triple-A and allowed six earned runs over 3 2/3 innings. He cracked a nail on his left index finger and struggled with command and finishing his pitches before being removed in the fourth inning. His next start day for the Tides would be Saturday as it stands right now and is another option if the Orioles decide to stay on turn in the current rotation.

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Steve Johnson should have never been sent back in the first place after that great start he made last week. I love the Orioles and baseball but in order to get Johnson back before Sunday, someone has to go on the disabled list. This rule seems so stupid since things most times work out for the clubs doing it to get those players back sooner anyway. Well, if Johnson does indeed come back and makes another steller start, I just hope that the club will not make the same “mistake” again and send him out afterwards. To do it again would not be sending a very good message to the players involved, the team and the fans.

Sending Johnson down was a smart roster management move that you’re not understanding. Our bullpen was totally gassed, and we didn’t need another starter just sitting in the dugout. Sending him to AAA allowed us to retain Socolovich on the 25 man roster, and rest the other, overworked relievers until a 5th starter was needed again. Johnson was never going to be used in relief.

Next time they need another arm in the pen, I hope they pick someone other then Socolovich because he is a AAA pitcher at best and we need someone better then him. What happened to Zach Phillips – did he get lost in the shuffle? The drive toward the playoffs is too important to depend on the inconsistancy of Socolovich. Thank goodness they were smart enough to get Romero back.

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