After Berken, who's next?

As reported by's Roch Kubatko, it's widely believed that right hander Jason Berken will be called up from Triple A Norfolk tomorrow to make the start in place of Adam Eaton who was released by the Orioles over the weekend.

Here's some food for thought. Who will be the next minor league pitcher in line to get the nod?

The Orioles could need someone sooner than later--like Thursday. That's when Koji Uehara is scheduled to make his next start. The question is will he be healthy enough?

Uehara left Saturday's game with a sore hamstring, and was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration. Tuesday Uehara will attempt to throw his normal bullpen session, and will be closely watched by pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

The hope is Koji will feel fine and be ready to make his next start, but it's possible he won't be. If that happens, the Orioles will have to weigh the severity of the injury and the possibility of placing him on the disabled list.

So, hypothetically, who is the next in line?

David Hernandez fanned fourteen in his last start Friday in Norfolk. He'd get one extra day's rest if he were to be called up for Thursday's start.

Chris Waters has big league experience. He pitches Monday in Triple A and would be working on short rest.

David Pauley also has big league experience. He pitched Sunday in the minors. Thursday would be on turn for him.

I'm guessing it would be Hernandez, but that's just my opinion.