It has been reported that Michael Kirkman was optioned to AA which seemed really weird to me given his success last year and especially his stellar performance in Major League camp this year. This is incorrect. He has been optioned to OKC. Also, Omar Beltre, if his destination has not been previously reported, has been optioned to Frisco.
There is a chance that he could be stretched out for the rotation over the first month of the season but given his chronic shoulder problems dating from his VZ winter league assignment in 2008, through the regular DSL season in 2009, his winter league assignment in 2009 all the way through spring training 2010, this might be unwise. After all, there is a chance that he would not only hold up better this year if placed in the pen, it would also mean that he might be able to help the big league club in that capacity post-trade deadline.