The Dan Duquette roster merry-go-round is always ready to spin. The Orioles tweaked the margins of their roster on Monday afternoon, activating outfielder David Lough from the disabled list. In the process, the O's optioned the knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa back to Norfolk.
Gamboa was on the roster for two games but did not get to pitch. It's good for the Orioles that they were able to have him available for a couple of games. Probably a bit less good for Gamboa that he was kind of in the big leagues, but not enough to actually pitch. He'll be back eventually, or at least I hope so, because knucklers are cool.
With this move, the Orioles have restored their roster to having a seven-man bullpen and a four-man bench. That is a good thing. Eight relievers is just too many relievers. Now the left-handed Lough will be available as an option as well, though it remains to be seen how much he'll even be used. The O's already have two left-handed hitting outfielders. He could be a late-inning pinch runner.
Lough had been on the disabled list retroactive to March 27 due to a left hamstring strain. He popped into one game for Frederick for a rehab assignment. In that game, Lough went 0-2 with a sacrifice fly. Get that man back to the big leagues!