Patton, Jakubauskas demoted, Adams and Reimold to be activated
Following Thursday’s 13-2 loss to the Yankees, the Orioles demoted pitchers Troy Patton and Chris Jakubauskas and are expected to recall outfielder Nolan Reimold and purchase second baseman Ryan Adams’ contract from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Friday’s series-opener against the Nationals.
Patton and Jakubauskas were both recalled prior to Thursday’s game to provide reprieve from Wednesday’s 15-inning game, in which the Orioles used every reliever and starter Jeremy Guthrie. With a 14-man pitching staff on Thursday, the Orioles will revert back to 12 and help bolster a depleted bench that is particularly short on middle infield help with Brian Roberts (concussion) on the seven-day disabled list.
Adams went 1-for-3 in Norfolk’s 9-4 loss to Syracuse and is hitting .303 with 10 doubles, two triples, two homers and 8 RBIs in 39 games. One of this spring’s final cuts, Reimold is hitting .237 with six doubles, six homers and 22 RBIs.
It’s important to note Patton’s situation isn’t a straight option to Norfolk as he has to be put on waivers given a quirk in his contractual status. He will remain on the 40-man roster but isn’t expected to report to Norfolk until early next week.
The Orioles only have 39 players on their 40-man so they don’t have to make a corresponding move to add Adams.