The Orioles still aren’t sure when Felix Pie’s back spasms will subside enough to let him play again, but they’re not going to make any rash decisions regarding a replacement. Andy MacPhail, Baltimore’s president of baseball operations, said the team can wait.
“We’re hoping to avoid that,” he said of adding another outfielder. “We’ve got a couple of lefties here so it won’t become as pronounced of a need until we get to the right-handers, which will be on Tuesday. So I think that determination will be made on Tuesday.”
If Pie isn’t ready to play by Tuesday, the Orioles may dip down to the Minor Leagues and bring up Lou Montanez early from an injury rehabilitation stint. Montanez has missed most of the year with a thumb injury and hasn’t faced big-league pitching since May.
As it stands, Jeff Fiorentino is the team’s lone outfield reserve. Baltimore could also use Robert Andino and Ty Wigginton out there if the situation calls for it.
“[Pie] is better today,” said Baltimore manager Dave Trembley. “I would say tomorrow we’re hoping to get him out and see if he can swing or whatever. But we’re kind of shooting for Tuesday for him to be back in the lineup. That’s probably what we’re shooting for.”
— Spencer Fordin