The Orioles recalled left-hander Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk to take Gonzalez’s place on the 25-man roster.
Gonzalez, 33, went 2-2 with one save and a 4.27 ERA in 49 appearances this season. He hasn’t allowed a run in 13 straight outings, surrendering five hits, walking one and striking out 15 over 12 1/3 innings.
Gonzalez went 1-3 with one save and a 4.01 ERA in 29 games last season, losing his job as closer and spending time on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder.
Gonzalez is reunited in Texas with former Orioles reliever Koji Uehara.
Also, the Orioles outrighted pitchers Mitch Atkins and Mike Ballard, removing them from the 40-man roster. They added left-hander Mark Hendrickson.
Meanwhile, Craig Tatum will be behind the plate tonight instead of Matt Wieters. Perhaps Wieters is being saved for tomorrow afternoon’s game.
For the Orioles:
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Robert Andino 3B
Nolan Reimold LF
Ryan Adams 2B
Craig Tatum C
Jo-Jo Reyes LHP
The Blue Jays designated reliever Brian Tallet for assignment.