BALTIMORE – Alejandro De Aza, who the Orioles acquired on Saturday night, was not in the lineup on Sunday. De Aza missed his flight from Chicago. Late Sunday morning, manager Buck Showalter that De Aza would not be activated until Monday. But, about a half-hour before gametime, it was announced he would be eligible for Sunday's game. Kelly Johnson, who the Orioles picked up from Boston later on Saturday night, will report on Monday.
Johnson doesn’t have to physically report on Sunday to be eligible for the postseason.
The Orioles sent left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland and catcher Steve Clevenger to Aberdeen so that they could activate Sunday’s starting pitcher, Wei-Yin Chen and De Aza. Clevenger and McFarland will return on Tuesday, a day after the Ironbirds’ season ends.
Showalter said that the Orioles will add two pitchers on Monday when the rosters expand to 40. Joe Saunders and Ryan Webb are possibilities. Saunders would have to be added to the 40-man roster, which is currently at 39.
Once the 40-man roster is full, Manny Machado can be transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Clevenger, McFarland and at least one other position player will be added on Tuesday.
The Orioles will send about 10 players to Sarasota later in the week to be ready in case they’re needed in September. Showalter said that would include two or three pitchers who could start.
Brian Graham, the team’s minor league director will be added to the coaching staff for the next week. Scott McGregor has already rejoined the team as well.