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July 4, 2011

Atkins expected to get Tuesday's start

Right-hander Mitch Atkins, who missed all of spring with a left oblique strain, appears to be the Orioles starter for Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.

He was summoned from Triple-A Norfolk and was at the park on Monday but was not activated. However, when Alfredo Simon was needed to pitch in long relief in the third inning on Monday, it took him out of the running for the spot start.

So that means Atkins almost certainly will get the call for his first big-league start. The 25-year-old righty appeared in seven games in relief for the Chicago Cubs in the past two seasons, compiling a 5.25 ERA. He started 14 games in the Orioles’ organization this year, going 3-6 with a 3.18 ERA at Frederick, Bowie and Norfolk.

He is not on the 40-man roster, but the Orioles have an open spot. They will, however, have to make a corresponding move on the 25-man roster when they purchase Atkins’ contract.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 9:24 PM | | Comments (6)



Any talk on who will be moved off the 25-man roster? Possibly Luke Scott to the DL? Or the obvious Viola move?

Seems to me Luke has proven he should be shelved. He clearly isn't right.

Then again, many current players on the roster are playing below expectations.

I'm actually happy to see that Tillman was kept down. I'm sure Atkins is more Cubs castoffs (I hope I'm wrong), but this season is quickly turning into a wash already, so better start planning for 2012 and beyond.

How depressing.

It's just very sad how bad this team really is. How could thishappen again this year? Who is accountable for this continued awful mess? How much longer can we expect such bad baseball in this town?

I suggest that the corresponding move when they add Atkins to the 25-man roster is to DFA Vlad Guerrero. He is hitting poorly, and worse yet, he plays as though he does not care, a state of mind that all new players go through sooner or later.

BTW, if you played on Texas last year and Baltimore this year, your apathy can certainly be understood, but it cannot be tolerated. I predicted 75 wins this season while everyone else was predicting 81-81 and even better, the irony being that even I overstated the team.

But I digress. We have Davis and Scott and Reimold hanging around. We don't need an automatic out such as Vlad.

Let's resolve to never trade with the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Braves or pursue any of their minor leaguers.

Let's continue to be a haven for ex-Cubbies. That m.o. is working just fine. Pie, Scott Moore, Rich Hill are the NEW Orioles Way.

In Response to kenny from Pykesville:

You mentioned we may have to plan for 2012 already. Though I agree with that statement, I must point out that this team does not plan. If the O's brass actually planned and were interested in not letting the investments they do make go to crap, they would have at least made an attempt or offered to 3/4 of the 20 solid relievers that were on the market this year. Instead, they only offered to kevin Gregg. I liked the gregg pickup, but with a young rotation and no Ace to anchor it, it was a given they needed to strengthen their pen and acquire multiple proven guys in doing so. What actually happened was they brought in guys like Rupe, Jaskabauskus, Riske, Rapada, George, Drese, etc. to shore up the bull pen depth. I'm sorry, but who are these guys? What have they accomplished to garner an invite with the O's camp as viable competitors on a club desparate for improving its pen? I'm sorry, but this is not effective planning nor is it an effort to complete the ball club so that it has a chance to win .500 in AL East. This is very sad and it is testimony AM is soft and has no spine -- either that or PA is limiting his ability to do what he must to win. In any event, what we have is a disfunctional organization running this team and even when they get lightning in the bottle as in Britton, Hardy, they have too many other holes unfilled to reach any form of substantial success. What we have is the do little brass and the results are the same as they have been for 12 years now ever since they let Mussina Go. Angelos wanted to save a million bucks then, but it ended up and cost him tens of thousand millions for lost fans and attendance over the years...he is so stupid as a MLB team owner for as much of a savy business man he is. I truly believe Angelos doesn't understand the business of investing in baseball talent as he may in assuring best costs by purchasing bulk toilet paper for his facilities around Baltimore. Being a lawyer type mind apparently isn't the right mix for a club owner in MLB. The players who have command of their own destiny, which are the kinds that you want and need to win, don't like working for liars/lawyers or losers in the AL East.

Lets face it Baltimore Orioles fans we have a sad sad team that will not get any better no time soon. The person to blame is the one who is running the baseball operations just because the father and grandfather were pretty good baseball men does not make this guy a good baseball exec. He needs to be gotten rid of asap. Fire Andy and when you get rid of Vlad send the rest of the deadwood with him Lee, Andino, Pie, Davis, Scott, and others.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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