The Orioles have made so many roster moves over the past few weeks that Maryland and Virginia are petitioning Amtrak for a new direct rail line between Norfolk and Baltimore.
The roster shuffle isn't going to end any time soon. The Orioles have to inject some innings into their beleaguered bullpen, so I have to agree with Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly that the only logical thing to do is move David Hernandez there, pitch Brad Bergesen on regular rest on Thursday, and bring up either Chris Tillman or Jake Arrieta to pitch Saturday in Toronto.
I know a lot of people are clamoring for the Orioles to admit their mistake signing Garrett Atkins and designate him for assignment. I don't think anybody's denying anything as far as the hindsight-aided wisdom of signing him, but I don't see the logic in releasing him at this point.
If I'm Andy MacPhail, I ask Atkins to get into the indoor cage with Terry Crowley and completely change his hitting mechanics. He's got to have figured out that he doesn't have an ounce of power anymore, yet he's still up there with that open stance and that toothy grimace, which always leaves me wondering "What's this guy smiling about?" Time for some desperate measures.
At the very least, if he closed that stance, or went to the Paul Molitor no-stride approach, the opposing pitchers would not have an iron-clad scouting report on how to pitch him.
Can he turn things around? Probably not, but Michael Aubrey is banged up, Rhyne Hughes has already been tried, Brandon Snyder isn't ready and Adrian Gonzalez is not available, so why not embark on a two-week experiment to see if you can get something for that $4.5 million. I don't think the Orioles or Atkins have anything to lose.
If you recall, there were a lot of people calling for Felix Pie to be released at about this time last year, and he came around and was emerging as a pretty interesting player when he got hurt earlier this season. Different situation entirely, of course, but when you're stumbling around in the dark, you'll grab for anything.