Baltimore activates Machado; Patton done with suspension
The Associated Press
BALTIMORE — Left-handed reliever Troy Patton returned from his 25-game suspension Thursday, part of a roster shuffle by the Baltimore Orioles that included the activation of Manny Machado from the 15-day disabled list.
Patton was placed on the restricted list after testing positive for a banned amphetamine. Patton took Adderall, a drug commonly used to combat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, late in the 2013 season and then was given a random drug test.
The suspension cost him $174,180 of his $1,275,000 salary.
Patton went 2-0 with a 3.70 earned-run average in a career-high 56 appearances for the Orioles last year. He made four rehab appearances with Class AAA Norfolk.
To make room for Patton, the Orioles sent reliever Josh Stinson outright to Norfolk.
Machado hadn’t played since left knee surgery on Oct. 14. The third baseman was not in the lineup for the first game of a doubleheader against Pittsburgh on Thursday, but manager Buck Showalter said Machado would start in the nightcap.
Machado was poised to return Tuesday, but rain postponed Baltimore’s game against the Pirates. The same thing happened Wednesday, creating the need for a single-admission doubleheader.
“Manny wasn’t going to play 18 innings first day back from rehab,” Showalter said. “We could have waited to activate him, but we would use him in the first game if the right situation presented itself.”
The 21-year-old Machado takes the roster spot vacated by first baseman Chris Davis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained left oblique.
• Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton sprained knuckles on his left hand while making a diving catch to open the game against Milwaukee. He’s expected to be sidelined a couple of days.
Carlos Gomez lined Homer Bailey’s first pitch hard toward the gap in right-center field. Hamilton stretched all-out for the diving catch, landing hard on his left side. He grimaced and flexed his left hand and wrist as he got up.
Also, the Reds put left-hander Tony Cingrani on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder, giving them two starters sidelined by injury. They called up right-handed reliever Curtis Partch for the start of a four-game series against Milwaukee. Manager Bryan Price said the Reds won’t need to add another starter because they have three days off in two weeks.
• Kansas City expects to place left-hander Bruce Chen on the disabled list with a swollen disk in his back that has already caused the club to juggle its starting rotation.
• Two leaders of Major League Baseball’s investigations unit are among five employees to leave following last year’s drug inquiry that led to suspensions of 14 players. Dan Mullin, the senior vice president of investigations, and George Hanna, the senior director of investigations, are among those departing. They were hired in 2008 following the recommendation by former Sen. George Mitchell that MLB start an investigations unit.