Atkins DFA'ed, Koji back
The Orioles designated Garrett Atkins for assignment prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals, recalling right-handed reliever Koji Uehara in his place.
Atkins was signed as a free agent in December 2009 after seven season in
Colorado. He is a career .285 hitter but batted just .214 with nine
RBIs and one home run in 2010. The pending return of outfielder Felix
Pie –coupled with the production of Jake Fox and Scott Moore — made
Atkins’ release in Baltimore a near certainty, with rumors swirling the last few days.
Atkins, well aware of his situation, told MLB.com on Friday the chance to get regular at-bats and play for another team would be a “welcome opportunity.”
Uehara has been on the disabled list since May 20 (right forearm strain). He threw 21 pitches for four batters in a simulated inning prior to Thursday’s game against the Marlins and was given two days to rest before being activated. In six appearances this season Uehara has pitched five innings with a 1.80 ERA.