The first of the roster dominoes fell for the Orioles before Thursday's game against the Red Sox, though it certainly won't be the last in the next few days. This one was the easiest. Miguel Gonzalez was activated from the disabled list, with reliever Mychal Givens, who made his MLB debut last night, being optioned back to the minors to make room.
Gonzalez, who went on the disabled list on June 11 due to a right groin strain, is back in the absolute minimum number of days, which often seems to be a rare occurrence for the Orioles. Then again, it's easier to figure out how to quickly find room for one of your three best starting pitchers than it is to make a decision where you can't decide who you like and who you don't.
For Givens, this is probably not his last trip up to the Orioles for the bullpen, especially now that they have him on the 40-man roster. But, for now, he's the guy who has options when they need to send down a reliever, so he will have to take his one inning big league debut and keep that with him. It was a nice, clean debut, and he goes down in the record books as the 999th player to appear in a game for the Orioles.
Next up is the grand mystery of who will go tomorrow when Wei-Yin Chen is back on the 25-man roster to start that game. There is a non-zero chance that one of the Orioles outfielders in Thursday's game - Steve Pearce, Nolan Reimold, and Delmon Young - will be sent to the great DFA in the sky before Friday's game.