BALTIMORE -- The Orioles brought up Robert Andino, Nolan Reimold and Brandon Snyder on Wednesday as the first wave of September callups. The trio will be the first of a group anticipated to total anywhere from five or six extra players.
Given the Orioles' recent surge in starting pitching -- and fresh off a weekend sweep in which they held Anaheim to just one run -- Baltimore isn't inclined to call up extra arms right now and will try to hold off until Triple-A Norfolk's season ends on Monday.
To make room for Andino on the 40-man roster, outfielder Lou Montanez was designated for assignment. Andino will be used primarily to back up second base, given that Brian Roberts suffered a left hip strain in Anaheim and Julio Lugo took a ball to the head, requiring a CT scan. Roberts was a late addition to Tuesday's starting lineup against Boston and Lugo was available off the bench. While neither figures to miss an extended amount of time, Andino will add insurance.
Reimold was on the team's Opening Day roster, but he struggled at the plate and was sent to Norfolk on May 12. He has been hampered by offseason Achilles surgery and personal off-the-field issues, but he has heated up recently and enters Wednesday's game having batted .326 in August in Triple-A. Reimold will provide a right-handed bat in the outfield or off the bench, and he has also seen time at first base for Norfolk this season.
Synder struggled earlier in the season before going on the disabled list with a back/upper rib injury. Since being activated, he has hit .274 (29-for-106) with three homers and 13 RBIs entering Tuesday's game, and he figures to see some time at first base and designated hitter.