Just to recap ... (with Hammel update)

The Orioles have a lot to learn about taking a day off.

They completed a trade yesterday for left-handed reliever J.C. Romero, who will join the team this afternoon at Camden Yards.

They altered their plans to call up pitcher Jason Berken after discovering that left-hander Troy Patton rolled his ankle Sunday night after leaving the ballpark.

They summoned Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk in case Patton needs to go on the disabled list.

They also learned that rookie Manny Machado was named co-winner of the American League's Player of the Week after four major league games.

Otherwise, things have been pretty slow.

I don't believe in jinxes, and I hope Patton feels the same way after I gave him my inaugural "MOO" award as the Most Overlooked Oriole. He's getting some unwanted attention. People are now looking at him.

So, what happens to the rotation? Does Johnson move back into it?

The Orioles optioned Johnson because they didn't want him sitting in the bullpen, throwing 30-40 pitches in a relief outing and then being placed back on a starter's schedule. They preferred that he start at Norfolk before rejoining them. It wouldn't make much sense to bring him back up now and shove him in the bullpen.

Johnson, who allowed two runs in six innings last Wednesday to win his first major league start, could take the ball tonight and allow manager Buck Showalter to push back everyone else for extended rest. Or Johnson could be slotted after Chen.

The Orioles need a starter for Saturday, and it doesn't figure to be Zach Britton after he allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings last night. Adding Johnson to the rotation would fill that opening as sort of a trickle-down effect.

The Romero trade is interesting because the Orioles already had him in the organization and let him walk. I talked to a scout who was greatly unimpressed with Romero, but his numbers have been good and they still suggest that he can get left-handers out. And the Orioles never completely cut ties with him. They were going to reacquire him if they could make room for him and the Indians didn't plan on selecting his contract.

What's another roster move in a season that's been filled with them?

Note: With everything going on yesterday, I forgot to pass along an update on Jason Hammel. It's in my notebook, in my usual messy handwriting. I'll try to decipher it for you.

Hammel threw off a bullpen mound yesterday and is scheduled for another side session Thursday after resting his right knee for two days. The Orioles might set up a simulated game for him before sending him on a rehab assignment.

So far, so good.


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