CHICAGO -- Following Thursday's 8-0 series loss to Chicago, the Orioles optioned reliever Armando Gabino to Triple-A Norfolk. Gabino's roster spot is expected to be filled by setup man Jim Johnson, who will be officially activated prior to Friday's game.
Gabino pitched to a 13.50 ERA in five appearances, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits -- including three runs -- over 4 2/3 innings. He entered following Rick VandenHurk to start the eighth on Thursday and surrendered a two-run homer to Alex Rios that helped pad the White Sox lead.
Johnson (right elbow inflammation) is on the 60-day disabled list and will need to be added to the team's 40-man roster. Given that Jason Berken is done for the season with a slight tear in his right labrum, the expected move is to shift him from the 15 to the 60-day DL.