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July 5, 2011

What happens when Atkins is added to 25-man roster?

As of midnight eastern, the Orioles hadn’t officially purchased the contract of right-hander Mitch Atkins to start Tuesday’s game.

But that’s a formality.

The question is who will be taken off the 25-man roster to make room for Atkins (there is an open 40-man spot for him).

Chris Jakubauskas, who is now 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA after allowing seven hits and six runs in two innings on Monday, could be designated for assignment.

Another option would be to demote lefty Pedro Viola back to the minors. He is one of only two lefties in the bullpen, but he has only been up since Friday and allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings on Monday. That would be a painless move since they can send him down without losing him.

Here’s a third thought – and one that I bring up simply because, when he was asked Monday night if the corresponding move for Atkins would be a pitcher, Showalter said: “Not necessarily, we could do something in another form.”

That makes it sound like they are mulling the possibility of placing someone on the disabled list. And the most obvious candidate is Luke Scott, who is dealing with a labrum tear in his shoulder. By placing him on the DL, the Orioles could back date it to July 4, meaning he could be back by the second series after the All-Star break. And that could give him some time to rest and rehab.

We’ll know more by Tuesday afternoon.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 12:19 AM | | Comments (8)


Jeff and Co., here's my question:

How come Peter Angelos doesn't come out and talk about the O's, the state of the team, etc? Is it because, at this point, he feels he's damned if he does, damned if he doesn't? That people are gonna dislike him and his ownership anyway so why bother?

The fact that he remains as silent as he does about the team he owns is really mind boggling, from a fans standpoint.

Any insight? If no, why not? Why not stories on him? On the teams lack of spending in the international market? I mean, heck, teams like the Royals and Pirates are outspending the O's in that regard?

Why does this owner come across as so indifferent (and that's being positive) to the fans about the Orioles, a team that fans continue to put money into year in and year out? You figured he'd at least publically try to show some appreciation/support to those fans who he hasn't driven off yet.

Dan's reply: Absolutely the damned if you/damned if you don't scenario. Angelos was ripped for being too hands-on and crushed every time he opened his mouth. So he has stayed away from that spotlight and politely refuses to talk on the record about the Orioles (for the most part. he did grant an interview during sprin training when he was in Sarasota).

putting luke scott on the dl is too simple decision to make. he should have been there when his shulder problem was discovered. he has been nothing short of a flat out hinderence to the orioles with that shoulder injury. the orioles do not make simple and good decisions.

Please make it be Scott.

Why DL Scott and give him rest when Buck is not willing to play Reimold against any right handed pitchers?

Put Scott on the DL for the rest of the season and then release him. His streakiness makes him unusable on a full season basis as he hits for 6 weeks and stinks for 4 months. No team can win with playing someone that streaky.

Dan, might there be another move with Luke going to the DL? Such as Patton coming up with Atkins and Jaku going back down. If not, how come? Patton got a brief stint and not much more.

2 moves are possible. Not sure org is high on Patton. And when he was taken off 40-man, no other teams bit either.

Does it even matter anymore? Like rearranging chairs on the Titanic. The very beginning of July and the season is once again already over. This being the most disappointing of really all of the seasons. And this once lays squarely at the feet of Mr. McPhail and Buck Showalter, whose managing has lacked any type of originality, inspiration or creativity. What a waste, what a disappointment. Guess I'm outta here.

Patton was never taken off the 40 man roster. He is still on it.

And Jaku was already optioned this year so he doesn't need to e DFA'ed.

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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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