Roch around the clock

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

The Kickoff

April 19, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

The Orioles are considering another roster move that would return Val Majewski to the minors, perhaps within the next few days, in exchange for a player who isn't an outfielder.

"We're still going at this," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "Nothing is really permanent. We're looking at the situation. He may stay or he may not stay."

In the meantime, Majewski will be sitting on the bench. Perlozzo indicated that David Newhan's injury could create more opportunities for Corey Patterson.

"I think [Patterson's] going to be fine," Perlozzo said. "I don't know how fine, but if he keeps the ball out of the air and uses his legs, he can help us."

Newhan's absence brings Perlozzo "back to the drawing board" when it comes to deciding on a No. 2 hitter. The job fell to Jeff Conine last night, but Perlozzo said Melvin Mora could wind up in that slot, with everyone else moving up.

The news isn't good on Tim Byrdak. He has a substantial bone chip in his left elbow that needs to be removed - would you want to carry one around inside your arm? - and he's headed to the disabled list.

Wondering why Luis Matos isn't in the lineup again? He has a sore shoulder that's required treatment since Opening Day, when he injured it at second base - and also ended up with a cut on the bridge of his nose. His throwing is affected, but Perlozzo said the disabled list isn't a consideration right now.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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