The expanded rosters of September cant come soon enough for the Orioles.
They have to make do for another couple of weeks, and that means going short on the bench three position players in order to accommodate a pitching situation that remains very much in flux.
"I'd like to have the extra position player and the extra player, but they have to go to 26-player rosters to do it," manager Buck Showalter said Sunday, according to MLB.com. "It's what's best for our team right now."
Steve Johnson, whos been up and down so quickly a few times this season that the Orioles should install a turnstile in front of his locker, has been kept around as long-man insurance, taking a roster spot that might otherwise be occupied by a utilityman. But whats ahead? Even Showalter doesnt seem quite sure.
"It's kind of wait until the smoke clears a little bit after Wednesday, probably, and we will see what's best for us and Steve, Showalter said. It's one and the same. He will stay active. We will keep him active. Maybe not always in the game, but keep the ball in his hand. He's in a good place right now. We want to keep that."
After the Orioles have an open date on Thursday, they play 17 straight days. After eight of those games, the rosters expand from 25 to 40 on Sept. 1.