Atkins released; Thomas, Nieve reassigned

Jenifer Langosch/

Infielder Garrett Atkins has been unconditionally released by the Pirates, thereby ending his chances to make the team as a backup corner infielder. Atkins was apparently given the news on Sunday and was not in the clubhouse on Monday morning for comment.

Atkins, who signed a Minor League deal with Pittsburgh over the winter, went 4-for-31 and struck out 11 times. It’s unknown whether Atkins is going to try to sign elsewhere or if this will mark the end of his MLB career.

In addition to sending Atkins out, the Pirates reassigned Justin Thomas and Fernando Nieve to Minor League camp. Both signed Minor League deals over the winter and should start out the year in Triple-A Indianapolis’ bullpen. Thomas’ departure means that there is one less left-hander vying for a spot in the Pirates’ bullpen.

The Pirates now have 41 players left in camp.

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Finally. I never understood bringing him in anyways. He was just wasting AB’s better players could have been getting. 3/4 of Atkins’ production was at Coors and he has not hit for 2 years and he is not a good fielder. Pearce, Fields, Marte, and Bowker battling for one spot now?

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