Quick update from Orioles beat guy Jeff Zrebiec: The Orioles newest player, corner infielder Garrett Atkins, is expected to undergo his physical tomorrow in Baltimore, which means he'll probably arrive here sometime tonight. If all goes well, the club will be able to finalize his contract and maybe even hook him up with the media.

No word on whether there will be a press conference at the Warehouse. Atkins probably will want to get right back on a plane and head home for the holidays. I know I'd like to get right back on a plane, but since I live here, I'll just keep shoveling.

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The physical is probably a formality, but teams do them for a reason, so I guess you can never take anything for granted. Just ask Mike Lowell.

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