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Orioles may have trouble finding room in bullpen for Troy Patton

Left-hander Troy Patton, who is currently serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine, is eligible to come off the restricted list on April 30, and the Orioles might have a tough time finding a spot for him when he is able to return.

Patton has no minor league options remaining, so the team must add him to the active roster when he is eligible or would risk losing him on waivers. The Orioles don’t currently have a very flexible bullpen, with only Brian Matusz and Darren O’Day having minor league options.

Patton is pitching in extended spring and is ready to go on a minor league rehab assignment, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

“We've talked about it, but until we get there, a lot of things can change between now and the 30th,” Showalter said. “If we had to make the decision today, it would be very tricky. We'll see what happens between now and then.

“The worst thing would be he's pitching wherever and not doing well and here it comes ... he's healthy. He's fine down there. I'm anxious to see him get in front of some competition where guys are trying to beat up on him.”

Around the horn

Outfielder Nolan Reimold (neck) resumed baseball activities on Friday, taking 25 swings off a tee and doing some light toss. … Right-hander Dylan Bundy (Tommy John surgery) threw a 40-pitch side session that included fastballs and changeups. He still hasn’t thrown breaking balls. … Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar (left knee sprain) played nine innings at third base in an extended spring game on Friday. … Right-hander Edgmer Escalona (shoulder inflammation) threw from 90 feet 25 times on Friday in Sarasota. … Outfielder Francisco Peguero (right wrist) took 25 dry swings and then 25 swings off a tee as part of his hitting progression. … First baseman Chris Davis entered Friday’s game having reached base safely in 13 straight games. … Nick Markakis’ double in the third inning moved moved him to ninth on the Orioles' all-time extra-base hit list. He tied Rafael Palmeiro (434) with a double in the first inning. ... Right-hander Luis Ayala, who is on the minor league disabled list, will throw a batting practice session today at extended spring training. … Before Friday's game, the Red Sox observed a moment of silence for late Orioles public relations director Monica Barlow.

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