The Orioles optioned Mullins to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports. Even with the organizational rebuild affording him some extra time to bust out of his season-opening slump, Mullins' 6-for-64 start to the campaign was too ugly for the Orioles to ignore. The 24-year-old will thus head back to the International League to find his way at the plate and regain some confidence. Since the Orioles don't have much in the way of intriguing outfield depth at the major-league level, Mullins could earn his way back to the big leagues quickly if his bat shows signs of life in his initial games at Triple-A.
Updating a previous report, Mullins will start in center field and hit ninth Sunday against the Red Sox, according to Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com. With lefty David Price on the hill for the Red Sox, Mullins had been slated to receive the day off. Those plans changed, however, after Dwight Smith (leg) was a late scratch from the lineup. Mullins will occupy his usual spot in the outfield while Joey Rickard slides over to right field in Smith's stead.
Mullins is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Manager Brandon Hyde has occasionally shielded Mullins from left-handed starting pitchers this season, so it's not overly surprising that the 24-year-old will head to the bench with David Price on the bump for Boston. Joey Rickard will start in center field in Mullins' stead and hit second.
Mullins is not in Tuesday's lineup against the A's, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. He hasn't played a full season in the majors, but the switch-hitting outfielder has a 42 wRC+ against lefties in 62 plate appearances, which is enough for the O's to sit him fairly regularly in these matchups. Joey Rickard gets the start in center field, hitting second.
Mullins is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The Orioles aren't comfortable committing to the switch-hitting Mullins in a full-time role just yet, as he'll sit for the third time this season with lefty James Paxton on the bump for New York. With one hit in 17 at-bats to begin the season, Mullins could be a candidate for a demotion if he fails to get things going at the plate upon rejoining the lineup.