Ray, Sarfate could be near returns

Ray, Sarfate could be near returns

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles may get two relievers back from the disabled list in the next few days, but only if they have room on the roster. Veterans Chris Ray and Dennis Sarfate may be nearing the end of their respective rehab periods, and the team won't plot what to do with them until after the Trade Deadline passes.

"I think you've got to get through the first step first," said Baltimore manager Dave Trembley. "I think you've got to get through [Friday's non-waiver Trade] Deadline first, and then you see where you're at and you go from there."

Trembley's concerns likely lie in regard to George Sherrill and Danys Baez, two relievers who have been mentioned in several trade rumors this summer. Both Sarfate and Ray are scheduled to pitch on Friday, but the Orioles don't have a plan in place yet to either expand their rehab time or promote them to the parent club's roster.

"I'm not sure," said Trembley. "Sarfate had an illness and also had a little [right] shoulder soreness, so he missed a couple times. I talked to [pitching coach Rick Kranitz] about that this morning. I don't know if they're coming."

Sarfate, who was plagued by a circulatory problem earlier in the season, has allowed one earned run in three innings for Triple-A Norfolk during his rehabilitation. Ray, who missed all of last season while recovering from ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow, has had a hard time ironing out his mechanics and his arm slot.

Now, after throwing three hitless innings for Double-A Bowie, Ray might be on his way back to Baltimore. The Orioles can choose to extend his rehab stint if they'd like but may opt to take a look at him in person.

"Ray's velocity has been good," Trembley said. "There's been no complaints as far as his arm. His velocity's been better, more consistent. We'll just have to see which direction it goes."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.