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.