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Troy Patton, who will join the team tomorrow in Kansas City, will be used out of the bullpen as a long reliever. Patton will Mark Hendrickson's spot and Hendrickson will be pushed back to later in the game as a lefty specialist, taking the role occupied by the traded Will Ohman. Michael Gonzalez will obviously see his share of left-handed hitters late in the game as well.

"To have too many guys in that bullpen that are just one inning or fraction of an inning guys really wasn't a good match given the fact that we have a lot of our starters turning the ball over in the fifth or sixth inning and in some cases, earlier," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "This is sort of an easy first move for us. Troy's on the 40-man [and] we want to get a look at hit in the bullpen. He can act as a long guy. That will give us a little more time to evaluate what our other options might be."

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MacPhail also said that the current plan is for Buck Showalter to give each of the struggling young starters - Brad Bergesen, Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz - at least one more shot with Showalter at the helm before rotation changes are made.

"I'm going to talk to Buck about it, but my inclination at this point would be to ideally … go through the rotation one time with Buck there, one more time and give him and I [an opportunity] to meet with [pitching coach Rick Kranitz] and [bullpen coach] Alan Dunn and try to determine what might make the most sense," MacPhail said. "I really don't have much interest in really throwing a young kid up here and exposing him to that, if we don't think he's ready. So I think at this point, we are leaning toward one round of auditions for those three kids for Buck."

Single-A Delmarva pitcher Matt Hobgood, the Orioles' top pick in last year's draft, was removed from his start today after nine pitches because of back spasms.

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