Patton optioned to Triple-A Norfolk; Tatum will take his place
The Orioles optioned left-handed pitcher Troy Patton to Triple-A Norfolk after Sunday's 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Patton has been active for the Orioles for eight games this season but has not appeared in any of them.
A corresponding move will be announced tomorrow, but it's expected that catcher Craig Tatum will get the call. That will give manager Buck Showalter a four-man bench and more flexibility.
Patton took the news in stride, saying: "It's really a tough situation. I came up here to be a long-relief guy. and it just happens to be the one week of the season that literally no long-relief guy was needed. I wasn't needed to go in the games. I understand it. It's good that I go back down there and throw a little bit so that if I'm needed in September, I can be fresh."
It's tough that Patton didn't get any opportunities, but being unable to find innings for a long guy can be characterized as a good problem to have. A real good one.