I know we don't want to "yoyo" prospects. But how much of a yoyo is it to bring Akin up for two days? It's not like a normal season when he would have to pack his things, leave Norfolk, find a way to Baltimore, find a place to stay in Baltimore for a short period, live out of a suitcase while up here, then go back to Norfolk.
Assuming he is living somewhere near Bowie, it just means instead of driving 5 minutes to Bowie Stadium, today and tomorrow he drives 25 minutes to Nats Park. He still sleeps in the same bed each night.
In our dream world, Eshelman is sent down after tonight's start and we bring up Mountcastle, so we only play one game with just 3 outfielders. Then when Means comes off the DL it's either Hess going down or Akin going back to continue to work in Bowie.
Sure its possible. But Akin is hopefuly a part of the future. So if he has a good start they probably do not send him back down. Wojo is probably not part of the future. He here at the present and he is out of options. And the O's are not going to waiver him now . So he could slide over to the pen. Eshelman has options, is a soft tosser and is not esblished in the majors. He is more likely to go back to Bowie if Akin has a good start.
Know that Milone and LeBlanc are fill-in starters with experience. They can be traded to make room if there are starters that are pushing up from Bowie. But someone has to want them. The O's are not going to reliease them in a pandemic and loss depth for nothing.
So yes I think there is an overall plan in the works here.