Patton reinstated to Orioles' roster
Hendrickson designated for assignment
BALTIMORE -- As expected, the Orioles reinstated lefty reliever Troy Patton from the restricted list prior to Tuesday's game and designated Mark Hendrickson for assignment.
Patton, who attended a court hearing in Texas stemming from a DUI arrest last winter, also will miss a game Sept. 22 to attend a mandatory orientation for court-ordered drug and alcohol classes. Assuming all goes as expected, Patton would have the charge expunged from his record.
"If I do it right, I will be done in February right when I am leaving [for Spring Training] and I won't have to deal with it at all next year," Patton said.
The 25-year-old Patton has pitched in 11 games for the Orioles, going 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA (16.1IP, 7ER). Hendrickson will have to go through optional waivers before reporting to Triple-A Norfolk. He is expected to clear and be put back on the 40-man roster on Wednesday.
The Orioles will make a pair of roster moves concerning their 40-man on Wednesday, clearing room for Hendrickson and one more player. With three new players expected to be added when rosters expand Thursday, Rick VandenHurk and Jeremy Accardo are two likely candidates to join the club. Neither pitcher is on the team's current 40-man.
Congratulations to reliever Jason Berken and his wife, Emily, who had their first child, a girl named Hadley Lane, born at 12:04 p.m. ET Tuesday. Berken is on the disabled list with right shoulder soreness and the plan is for him to head to extended spring in the new few days to start his rehab.
Top Draft pick right-hander Dylan Bundy will be officially introduced at Camden Yards prior to Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays. Second-round pick Jason Esposito is slated to be in Baltimore on Sept. 8.
The Orioles have six players scheduled to participate in the Arizona Fall League, with pitchers Chorye Spoone and Sean Gleason, outfielder Xavier Avery, infielders Joe Mahoney and LJ Hoes, and catcher Brian Ward playing for the Mesa Solar Sox.
Chris Davis (right labrum tear) took 25 swings off the tee Tuesday in extended spring and the team is targeting for him to get into some sort of rehab game on Sept. 7. Cesar Izturis (groin strain) is slated to play in a game on Friday.
In order to ensure a timely commute to Oriole Park as the Baltimore Grand Prix approaches, the Orioles are encouraging those planning to attend the Orioles vs. Blue Jays games Wednesday and Thursday to carpool or take public transportation to Camden Yards whenever possible. As an added incentive, all fans who present a valid MTA (Maryland Transit Authority) pass from that day at the Oriole Park Box Office during any of the three games will receive $5 off the purchase of any regularly priced ticket to that game or any future game in September.
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