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August 8, 2010

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.

Posted by Steve Gould at 4:25 PM | | Comments (4)


There was exactly one time when Patton could have been used in the last week, to the point that it boggles my mind he wasn't: on Wednesday, after the rain delay, when we were leading by 8 runs in the top of the seventh. Why didn't he come in, finish off the game and show us what he could do then? It was a perfect opportunity.

Jeff Z's reply: Yeah, that would have been a good spot. He was supposed to be used in the ninth inning of that game with Albers pitching the seventh and eighth. But when the Angels scored all of those runs to get close, that plan was scrapped.

I suspect this signals the beginning of some moves to come whatever they maybe.

Can't think of a better way to bolster the bench, give Wieters a day off w/o sacrificing the catcher's position and keeping Fox available to back up 1st or 3rd. Tatum had a good run and in truth, Patton needs the seasoning he'll get in Norfolk since he's just collecting bullpen dust in Baltimore.

I really feel for patton, he deserved at least a chance to get in a game, I hope they consider using him in relief in norfolk to help him come back up in sept. feeling more at ease as a reliever.. Tatum really deserves the chance to be back up here based on his showing this year..

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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