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Orioles are running short of rotation candidates

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The Orioles have more rotation depth this season than they have in years.

If it doesn't seem like it, that's because they're already using it.

The Opening Day rotation was supposed to include Justin Duchscherer and Brian Matsuz. Instead, the first go-round of the rotation had a quartet that included two of the team's young guns initially assumed destined for Class AAA Norfolk.

Now, not even a full turn through the rotation, the Orioles will be without Opening Day starter Jeremy Guthrie on Wednesday. In his absence, the club will throw Brad Bergesen -- who was presumed to have an inside track at a rotation spot, only to open the season in the bullpen after a less-than-stellar spring, which was capped when he was struck by a line drive.

The team has no obvious replacement if another starter is to go down. David Riske and Chris Jakubauskus are on hand at Norfolk. The club doesn't have a clear-cut "next-in-line" prospect after lefty Zach Britton, who made his debut Sunday in a vacancy left by Matusz's back injury.

If, for some reason, the club needs a spot start before Matusz, Guthrie or even Duchscherer is ready to return, reliever Jason Berken -- who started for the club in 2009 -- is the logical in-house option.

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