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The Orioles have a day off in Anaheim before beginning a three-game series tomorrow night against the Angels.

Maybe a few players will head over to Disneyland, which would be an appropriate place for them, considering that (insert your own joke here).

The rotation is an absolute mess again, which is reason No. 1 why this season swirled down the drain.

Jeremy Guthrie's bothered by some stiffness in his right shoulder. The club doesn't think it's serious, which means he'll probably have his arm in a sling today.

Jo-Jo Reyes is scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Angels. Tommy Hunter could take the mound Saturday unless the Koji Uehara trade stipulated that both players obtained by the Orioles had to go on the disabled list. Brian Matusz and Zach Britton would be working on normal rest Sunday, so one of them will likely get the assignment, with the other starting Monday in Minnesota.

If the Orioles push back Guthrie to Tuesday, he'd start the second game of a four-game series against the Twins. He's 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA in seven career appearances (five starts) against Minnesota, with 42 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

Guthrie is 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA in nine games (eight starts) against the Angels. However, he's held them to a .206 average and he's got a 0.98 WHIP.

Those numbers apparently won't change. It looks like Guthrie will miss that series.

No matter what the Orioles do with their roster next season, Robert Andino has earned a spot on it.

I wouldn't necessarily hand him the second base job or make him Plan B if Brian Roberts can't stay on the field, but at the very least, he should be the backup middle infielder on this team.

J.J. Hardy has shown that he needs rest to keep his bat and body fresh. He looked worn out before missing three games with a sore ankle. He's had health issues the last three seasons and ran yesterday like he was wearing a frozen turkey as a medallion, so having Andino take his place here and there would be a wise move. And that's certainly true with Roberts at second base if he's eventually cleared to play in games.

Andino has collected hits in eight of his last 10 games and 17 of 23. He's hitting .267 with a .334 on-base percentage. He only has 18 RBIs, but he's not being paid to drive in runs. That would be a bonus.

Alfredo Simon also looks like a guy who's earned a spot on next year's team, but I think using him as a power arm in the bullpen could be more beneficial to Simon and the club.

A normal off-season also would benefit Simon.

I'm not breaking new ground here when I state that the defense in left field has been atrocious.

The best glove this season was provided by Matt Angle in his two appearances before the Orioles optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. And he's hardly played the position in the minors.

That says a lot about Angle's defensive ability and the players that manager Buck Showalter has run out there each night.

Nolan Reimold's lapses can more easily be excused if he's tearing the cover off the ball. His bat will keep him here. It needs to be potent.

The Orioles could bring in another left fielder over the winter. Chris Davis could get a shot there, with Mark Reynolds or a newcomer playing first base. Not having a full-time designated hitter would give Showalter the flexibility to move guys around - unless the Orioles bring in, say, Prince Fielder, and make him the everyday DH.

OK, I'm still dreaming. Let me have that one. Reality will intrude soon enough.

Has anyone heard from Luke Scott lately?

I could ask the same question about Felix Pie.

Pie didn't pinch-run for Hardy yesterday. Blake Davis got that assignment and was thrown out at the plate to end the game. I'm wondering whether Pie is dealing with an injury of some sort that's gone unreported, or whether he's just glued to the bench.

Chris Tillman took the loss last night at Norfolk, but he held Charlotte to three runs over seven innings and struck out 11 batters. He threw 112 pitches, 68 for strikes.

One last mention of the midnight deadline to sign draft picks: It's an absolute joke.

MLB doesn't want teams making announcements too early and revealing signing bonuses to the world and its advisors, so the confirmations come pouring in at 12 a.m. And we're supposed to believe that every single deal was struck seconds before the deadline?

And why is the deadline on Aug. 15? There's a dead period through July where teams don't even bother contacting their first-rounders. Why? Well, the deadline isn't until Aug. 15.

Make it July 15 and talks will begin sooner. It's not like scouting directors need the extra weeks to hammer out a deal.

Thanks. I feel a little better.

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