Wednesday June 29, 2011 | 11:21 AM

The Portland Sea Dogs pitching staff is going through a little transition, which is why reliever Charlie Rosario was sent up from Greenville. He had a 2.64 ERA in 17 games.

A reliever is needed when you consider the Sea Dogs currently have seven starters on their roster.

Alex Wilson, Stephen Fife, Michael Lee, Brock Huntzinger and Stolmy Pimentel began the season in Portland, and all five are still here.

Plus, the Sea Dogs have added Chris Balcom-Miller (starting today) and Junichi Tazawa.

One part of the solution will be if/when Wilson is promoted to Pawtucket (I'm guessing by the All-Star break, if not earlier).

Then the Sea Dogs could also continue to play roster games. For instance, to add Rosario to the Portland roster, first baseman Jorge Padron was transferred to the Salem roster. He still is here, of course, but can't play (reliever Jeremy Kehrt is also on the Salem roster, but remains in Portland ... the actual Salem team must be a little short-handed).


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