O's purchase Patterson's contract

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles called upon a familiar face in an effort to generate offense at the top of the lineup.

The Orioles on Wednesday purchased the contract of outfielder Corey Patterson from Triple-A Norfolk and sent slumping left fielder Nolan Reimold to the same minor league club.

To make room for Patterson on the 40-man roster, Baltimore moved second baseman Brian Roberts (back) to the 60-day disabled list.

Patterson played in 267 games for the Orioles during the 2006-07 seasons. Signed as a minor league free agent on April 21, Patterson was batting .368 in 14 games with the Tides.

He was immediately placed at the top of the lineup in Wednesday's game against the Seattle Mariners. With Roberts out, the Orioles tried Adam Jones and Julio Lugo at the leadoff spot and experienced little success.

Baltimore started the day ranked 11th in the AL in batting average, 13th in runs and last in stolen bases. The Orioles had also scored only two runs over the previous 28 innings.

Replacing Reimold, who was batting .205, with Patterson served as an indication that Baltimore wasn't going to stand pat while owning the worst record in baseball.

"I hope it is a twofold purpose here," manager Dave Trembley said. "We need to get somebody that can spark our offense. I am not putting it all on Corey, but he has been a leadoff guy in the past. He was playing very well at Triple-A. Nolan wasn't playing well here. It's unfortunate that these things happen, but they do happen."

Reimold acknowledged after Tuesday's game against Seattle that he had "been playing pretty bad."

Trembley said it was obvious that Reimold had lost his confidence, both at the plate and in the field.

"We had to do what's best for Reimold because he wasn't having any success here," Trembley said. "He worked hard. It's not that he did anything wrong -- other than the fact that he wasn't having success. But I don't think you are going to allow a guy like that, who is so important to us, to continue to fail at the rate he was failing."

Patterson, meanwhile, was delighted to get a second chance in Baltimore.

"I'm happy to be back here," he said. "I look forward to helping the team, contribute to some wins. There's obviously work to do, but I'm looking forward to that."

No sooner had Patterson arrived from Norfolk when he found out he would be leading off and playing left field.

"I look at it as a positive. They want me here, they want me to help to contribute," he said. "I didn't come here thinking, 'Boy, I traveled all day, I hope I'm not in there.' I want to be in there."