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*Lefty Troy Patton was told late last night that he would be coming to join the Orioles in New York. So with his car packed to go home, he drove to Baltimore and then flew here.
He will join David Hernandez and Pedro Viola in a crowded bullpen, and is expected to be used in long relief. Patton has been called up twice before but not used. Here’s hoping he’s get a chance this time.
*Also, Adam Jones is back in the lineup tonight and feeling good.
*The Orioles might start to alter their six-man rotation after this weekend’s set in Detroit, but for now it will go as scheduled.
*Michael Gonzalez is dealing with some back tightness and wasn’t available yesterday. He pitched back-to-back outings Saturday and Sunday and would only be used in an emergency situation today.
Orioles reliever Will Ohman was traded to the Marlins for Minor Leaguer RHP Rick Vandenhurk. Vandenhurk will report to Triple-A Norfolk with Troy Patton expected to be in Kansas City tomorrow to take Ohman’s spot in the ‘pen.
Here is Ohman’s final interview as an Oriole..
[did you expect this?] I mean I thought that there was a possibility, nothing is ever certain. Just talked to Andy and he said it went right down to the wire. I guess that’s just how it goes. You are always with the team that wants you this most. So, I guess my time here is done.
[on it being a positive thing] Anytime you get traded it’s a good feeling. [It means] you did well enough in the place that you were to merit the trade, and there’s somebody else out there that thinks you are serviceable. In that way, I guess it’s a compliment.
[difficult to leave?] Got another 24 friends picked out for me in South Florida. So, go find out if they like me.
[key to him being productive this year?] The surgery I had in the offseason for me, made the difference. It really made a huge difference, was actually able to locate pitches where I wanted to, I wasn’t able to do that last year. I fought through it, it just didn’t work.
[joining a race] You always want to pitch meaningful innings, meaningful games. Obviously we’ve come up short a lot on that here. So I guess there will be some added energy in that regard ,but the game remains the same.
BALTIMORE– Usually a promotion to the big leagues requires the customary flurry of phone calls and text messages, but lefty Troy Patton opted to keep his first trip to Baltimore -and first time in the Major Leagues in almost three years – decidedly low-key.
“He was told it could be very short,” Samuel said of Wednesday’s decision to recall Patton, who was scheduled to start at Triple-A Norfolk, to bolster the Orioles thin relief corps.
Patton assumed the roster spot of rookie Josh Bell, who was optioned back to Norfolk, and was joined by closer Michael Gonzalez in adding a fresh set of arms to the O’s pen. The 24-year-old Patton, who spent a full year on the big league disabled list (labrum surgery), joked he was just glad to finally see what the inside of Orioles clubhouse looked like.
“I hope maybe it will help me get comfortable [in the big leagues],” Patton said of the call-up. “If I pitch well [now], for September call-ups it would help there.”
Patton was 6-9 with a 4.91 ERA in 18 starts for the Tides this season and will likely be used in a long-relief role. With Thursday’s starter Kevin Millwood set to come off the DL, Patton is the likely candidate to be optioned back to Norfolk following Wednesday’s game.
Bell, who finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two walks, has now homered in three straight Triple-A contests and has hit safely in 14 of his last 17 games. The walk-off blast by Bell was the first for Norfolk since Chris Roberson hit a 10th inning home run in a 4-3 win vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 17, 2008.
Bell is batting .274 on the season, but has hit to a .359 average over his last 10 games with five homers and 11 RBIs.
Starter Troy Patton yielded two runs on six hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. Patton struck out five while throwing 64 of his 101 pitches for strikes.