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CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez was back with the Orioles on Saturday as part of the taxi squad, with the right-hander set to be officially recalled from the Minor Leagues prior to Sunday's start.

"Everyone's receiving me like it was my first time being called up," said Gonzalez, who was optioned to clear a roster spot for Ubaldo Jimenez earlier this month. "It was fun. They're all excited to have me back, so I'm excited as well."

Gonzalez, who has a 6-6 record with a 3.80 ERA in 20 games this season, hasn't started for the O's since August 7 and threw a three-inning outing for Triple-A and a sim game on Monday. With the struggling Jimenez moved to the bullpen, the Orioles were able to slot Gonzalez back into the rotation.

"Yeah, it was a tough decision for them," Gonzalez said of the demotion, which wasn't based on performance. "I'm one of the few guys who have options, so it was a decision for them to make. I went down, got my work in and I'm ready to rock and roll."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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