FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Orioles trimmed their camp roster to 39 players Wednesday when they elected to reassign five players to their Minor League camp and option three others to Triple-A Norfolk.

Baltimore provided some clarification to the pitching staff with the cuts. Injured veterans Brad Hennessey and John Parrish were reassigned to the Minor League camp, but neither is expected to start the season on time. Kam Mickolio, Chris Waters and Bob McCrory were sent to Norfolk, thickening the pitching mix.

The Orioles also reassigned outfielder Justin Christian and infielders Justin Turner and Donnie Murphy to their Minor League camp. Turner, who was acquired from Cincinnati in the offseason trade for Ramon Hernandez, hit .342 with three home runs and 10 RBIs this spring and firmly placed himself in the team's future plans.

Baltimore is still expected to make a few decisions at the margins that could affect the roster. The Orioles have five potential starters competing for three rotation vacancies and a possible opening at the end of their bullpen. Baltimore also has two veterans -- Chris Gomez and Jolbert Cabrera -- competing for a possible utility slot.