Seeking to bolster their taxed bullpen, the Orioles have reinstated Michael Gonzalez from the 60-disabled list before today's game and they've also summoned Troy Patton to the big leagues.

The Orioles had one 25-man roster spot open with Chris TIllman's demotion yesterday. The other roster casuality was third baseman Josh Bell, who needs to go back to Triple-A Norfolk and play everyday. Reliever Jim Johnson was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Patton, who was scheduled to pitch today for Triple-A Norfolk, acknowledged that he was told he's only an insurance policy and he may only be around for a couple of days. It may only be until tomorrow because Kevin Millwood needs to be activated in time to start the series opener versus the Minnesota Twins.

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"It's crazy," said Patton who got a call at 11 p.m. last night telling him that he'd be promoted. He had to catch a 5:30 a.m, flight today out of Norfolk. "I've been with this organization and I've never even seen this [clubhouse] down here. It's kind of cool to actually get to see what I'm playing for. I'm excited.

Patton was 6-9 with a 4.91 ERA in 18 starts for the Tides. He was knocked around in his last start on July 16, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. He pitched in three games, including two starts for the Houston Astros in 2007, but he's not seen action for the Orioles since they acquired in December 2007 in the Miguel Tejada deal.

"It's been a rollercoaster," he said. "It's been up and down. I've been making progress and at the same time, I still have setback outings, outings where things don't go right. I'm figuring a lot out every time I'm out. I've been competitive pretty much every single start. I've been working on it. It's been getting better."

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