Baltimore purchased infielder Ryan Adams' contract from Triple-A Norfolk and called up outfielder Nolan Reimold on Friday, after demoting pitchers Troy Patton and Chris Jakubauskas following Thursday's loss to the Yankees. Adams will make his Major League debut starting at second base Friday night in place of Brian Roberts, who is on the seven-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms.
Adams notched his first career hit in the bottom of the fourth, with a single off Nationals starter Jason Marquis.
Adams went 1-for-3 in Norfolk's 9-4 loss to Syracuse and is hitting .303, with 10 doubles, two triples, two homers and eight RBIs in 39 games in the Minors. One of this spring's final cuts, Reimold is hitting .237, with six doubles, six homers and 22 RBIs.
"Ryan is swinging the bat real well," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's doing a good job down there. We need two position players in a perfect world for Derrek [Lee] and [Brian] Roberts. Because of what the two guys did last night, we're kind of back on our feet in the bullpen. Nolan has been swinging the bat as well as anybody over the last four or five days."
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Although Adams has been displaying his offensive power in Norfolk, he said a concern of the organization's coaches was his defense. However, Adams said Friday that he feels much more comfortable in the field.
The 24-year-old New Orleans native left the city with his family when Hurricane Katrina hit. He said his parents will be in attendance tonight for his first appearance and start in the Majors.
"I called them [Adams' parents] last night after [Norfolk manager] Gary [Allenson] told me and they got the first plane out to here this morning," Adams said.
Reimold, who was not in the starting lineup, excelled in his rookie year with Baltimore. In 2009, the right-handed outfielder batted .279, with 45 RBIs and 100 hits. That year, he won AL rookie of the Month for June.
Showalter said that although there is potential for Reimold to play in place of Lee, who is on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique, the Orioles' manager would rather stray away from that option with recently called up Brandon Snyder still on the active roster.
Reimold and Adams take the place of two Orioles pitchers who spent only one day in Baltimore after being called up earlier that day.
Patton and Jakubauskas were both recalled prior to Thursday's game to give the bullpen a reprieve following Wednesday's 15-inning game, in which the Orioles used every reliever as well as Thursday's originally scheduled starter, Jeremy Guthrie. After employing a 14-man pitching staff on Thursday, the O's will revert back to 12 arms to help bolster a depleted bench that is particularly short on middle-infield help now that Roberts is on the seven-day disabled list.
Patton's situation isn't a straight option to Norfolk, as he had to be put on waivers given a quirk in his contractual status. He will remain on the 40-man roster, but he isn't expected to report to Norfolk until early next week.
The Orioles only have 39 players on their 40-man roster, so they didn't have to make a corresponding move to add Adams.
Avi Zaleon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.