So will a move be made this morning to bring in another reliever to fortify the bullpen?
“It's something we're talking about,” Orioles manager
Lindstrom, who hadn’t pitched since Friday due to a left knee injury, went 2 1/3 innings. Four other relievers --
There is no traditional long man, but Ayala and Gregg have sort of shared that role recently. Ayala threw 2 1/3 innings on Sunday and pitched one inning Wednesday; Gregg threw 1 1/3 innings on Tuesday and one Wednesday; Lindstrom is likely out for a day.
That means the fresher bullpen arms are Patton, Strop, Darren O’Day and closer
That might be enough to get them through Thursday's game – with an Ayala or a Gregg to fill in if needed. Then the club could recall Miguel Socolovich, who was sent to Triple-A Norfolk on July 17, and therefore is not eligible to be promoted again until his 10 days are up on Friday.
There aren't a lot of Triple-A options that would not require a 40-man move; only Norfolk starters remain on the Orioles' 40-man roster, no relievers.
If they want a true reliever, the Orioles would have to add someone to the 40-man and, therefore, take someone off of it.
Steve Johnson, who started Monday and doesn't pitch again until Saturday, could come up as insurance since he is on the 40-man. And he could go down the next day for Socolovich. It could be treated as a work day for him.
Or the Orioles could roll the dice and hope
Given the 12:35 start time, the wheels had to be in motion last night.