Orioles set for flurry of roster moves

Orioles set for flurry of roster moves

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles 25-man roster continued to evolve after Sunday's 8-3 win, as the team officially optioned starter Mitch Atkins to Triple-A Norfolk in the first of what could be several moves prior to Monday's series with Boston.

With Alfredo Simon expected to be placed on the restricted list, the Orioles will also call up an additional arm in right-hander Mark Worrell, as well as third baseman Josh Bell. Worrell is not on the 40-man roster and would have to be added, with the most logical corresponding move being transferring second baseman Brian Roberts to the 60-day disabled list.

Worrell will join a bullpen that also added Troy Patton on Sunday in anticipation of what could be a short roster. It's not official, but it's likely Orioles closer Kevin Gregg will start serving a lesser suspension during the Red Sox series, with Gregg -- along with Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz -- believed to have an agreement that would knock down their four-game suspensions to three. Both teams expect to get official word from the league on Monday.

Worrell's stay could be a short one with Simon only expected to be in the Dominican Republic, to appear in court, for a day. Bell's status --and that of outfielder Matt Angle -- depends on Luke Scott, who was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie Sunday night and could be activated as early as Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Atkins made three starts for the Orioles and pitched to an 8.44 ERA, going just three innings in Sunday's game.