with hammels setback[knee] the orioles face a challenge. depth at norfolk is a term i shouldnt even use because there is none. the system at both norfolk and bowie is bereft of major league ready pitchers and position players. it looks like tillman, eveland, and ultimately johnson may all soon get chances to pitch for the orioles. tillman has always failed and is not setting the world on fire at norfolk. eveland will get a shot before johnson also. he is doing a fine job at triple a, but the majors are a different test. johnson has the best overall numbers at norfolk, but is not on the 40 man roster, thus he is less likely to get a shot. his whip, k to walk ratio, era, and batting ave against warrant a shot before either of the other two. he is only 24 and has seven years of minor league experience, with success at each level. whomever the o's bring it may not be enough. hammels loss for any appreciable time will put a severe damper on the euphoria that was beginning to build around the team. noefolk is a really bad team and bowie is not much better.