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Pie Update

UPDATE 10:05 pm. Felix Pie went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Bowie’s win.

BALTIMORE– Orioles outfielder Felix Pie is hopeful he will be join the team for Friday’s series opener in Boston.

 “I feel good, no pain,” Pie said in a phone interview with MLB.com. “Right now, the hardest thing is seeing pitches [at the plate]. But that will come with more and more [at-bats].”

Pie -who moved his rehab to Double-A Bowie Tuesday night– said the plan is for him to play nine innings in the field and continue to test his upper body strength; hopefully with some plays at the plate.

Pie has been sidelined with an upper back strain -officially landing on the disabled list on April 16 –and said he has been feeling good both in long toss and in making throws from the outfield.  He played nine innings in left field on Sunday at Class-A Advanced Frederick with no lingering soreness the next day.

Pie, who has played five games split between the Gulf Coast League and Frederick, is scheduled to play at Bowie Tuesday and Wednesday and, according to interim manager Juan Samuel, he will be evaluated after that.

“We’ve got some other people keeping an eye on [Pie],” Samuel said. “If they feel he’s anywhere close to joining us, we’ll see how they evaluate him, to see if he’s game ready.”

Samuel wasn’t sure if the team would opt to take a reliever or position player off the 25-man roster for Pie, but said that when the outfielder is activated he plans on using him.

“Obviously, [Corey] Patterson has done a good job,” Samuel said of Patterson, the Orioles everyday left fielder in Pie and Nolan Reimold’s absence. “But if Felix Pie is here and he’s going to play left field, I’ll probably have him lead off.”

Pie is hitting .300 (6-for-20)with two RBIs and four runs scored in his first five rehab games. With his activation looming, Pie said he was “very excited” to get back to helping the big-league club.

“I can’t wait,” Pie said. “I’ve been looking forward to it.”

Os/As lineups and pregame tidbits – Braden scratched

*A’s starter Dallas Braden was scratched with stiffness in his left elbow. Right-hander Vin Mazzaro will make the start instead. The Orioles have removed Jake Fox from the lineup, adding Corey Patterson to left.

*It’s the return of Jake Fox, who was traded a week ago. Fox was in the original lineup but was scratched due to the pitching switch.

The A’s had to change signs a few days ago because of Fox being on the Orioles. I asked a
few A’s if it was a normal thing, they said no. Teams typically only
change signs once or twice a season. Coco Crisp said it wouldn’t be a
problem since he just got back 5 days ago and still hadn’t learned all
the signs. So, go figure.

*Felix Pie will play in Bowie tonight and tomorrow and could be activated for Friday’s series in Boston. Pie sounded optimistic that would be the case and said the big thing is just picking up the ball at the plate; something that figures to get easier over time.

*Michael Gonzalez will throw an inning out of the bullpen for Aberdeen tonight. It’s the first time he’s going to come out of the ‘pen and throw. His velocity was around 90-91 last time, according to interim manager Juan Samuel. And the homer he gave up was on a slider.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Jake Fox DH
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS

Brian Matusz LHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP:
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Conor Jackson LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Adam Rosales 2B
Mark Ellis DH
Rajai Davis RF
Pennington SS

Dallas Braden LHP

Bergesen's start and things to watch for…

Brad Bergesen threw for Triple-A Norfolk tonight, and yielded two runs over five solid innings against Lehigh Valley. He allowed five hits and a walk and struck out four. Pitching on three days rest –which puts him in line for Saturday’s start in Baltimore if needed — Bergesen threw 58 of his 85 pitches for strikes.

Interim manager Juan Samuel said last week that Bergesen had to show he had returned to his mechanics, while pitching coach Rick Kranitz wasn’t ready to just hand Bergesen Saturday’s start. Kranitz didn’t say what it would take for Bergesen to earn the promotion, so I’m not sure if tonight’s effort was good enough. As I blogged yesterday, the decision isn’t just Bergesen or Chris Tillman. The Orioles have given thought to using long man Mark Hendrickson or even Jason Berken. (Although Berken has done so well it’d be hard to justify moving him out of the ‘pen, even if it is just a spot start.)

Monday is an off day so they could feasibly let Bergesen get another outing in Norfolk and go with a four-man rotation next week, following Saturday’s spot start.

Either way, there could be some changes coming this week to the roster. If Tillman doesn’t get Saturday’s start, he will likely be optioned back to Norfolk since the organization has made it clear they won’t let him just sit in the bullpen. If Bergesen earns the spot they could call up a reliever or a position player to have for the next few days before making the starter move official. 

Another thing to watch for is the Orioles interest in Jake Fox, which could cost Garrett Atkins his roster spot.

In unrelated, but positive news, Felix Pie’s first day on rehab in the Gulf Coast League went off without a hitch. He could be back at the end of the homestand, which, of course, would cause some more shuffling.

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is starting to heat up in Norfolk with a five-game hitting streak entering Tuesday. Since going 0-for-3 on June 15, he is 9-for-20 with two doubles and three RBIs.   

Os/Padres Lineup and pregame tidbits

*Felix Pie will go on a rehab assignment on Tuesday, although the Orioles aren’t sure which affiliate he will be with just yet.
*Michael Gonzalez will likely join him on rehab next week. Gonzalez is throwing a simulated game today and assuming all goes well that will be the next step.
*Alfredo Simon will slot back into ninth-inning duties, as expected. Interim manager Juan Samuel said previously that he wanted to get Simon a few non-pressurized situations before putting him back in the ninth inning. This has nothing to do with Hernandez blowing the save last night. But if Simon isn’t available for a night, Samuel said Hernandez would be the guy.

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS
Kevin Millwood RHP

PADRES LINEUP:
David Eckstein 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Scott Hairston LF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Will Venable RF
Jerry Hairston Jr. SS
Tony Gwynn Jr. CF

Clayton Richard LHP

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Os/Yanks Game 2 lineups and tidbits

*In case you missed it, Jake Arrieta will make his Major League debut against the Yanks tomorrow night. The Os will have to add him to their 40-man (and take someone off) so look for a roster move tonight or early Thursday.

*Corey Patterson (who was day to day with a slight groin issue) is available if needed tonight. 

*Alfredo Simon (left hamstring strain) is progressing well in Sarasota and interim manager Juan Samuel was hopeful he would be ready for the team’s West Coast trip which starts Monday in San Francisco.

*Felix Pie started a throwing program and has been hitting off the tee down in Sarasota with no reported pain.

*The Orioles insist there is no exact plan for right-hander Brad Bergesen, who had his last start skipped and was moved to the bullpen -in hopes of straightening out his arm slot — for an unspecified amount of time.  Bergesen will remain in the ‘pen for now, but that could change in the next few days. Stay tuned.

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Garrett Atkins DH
Cesar Izturis SS
Chris Tillman RHP

YANKEES LINEUP:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Kevin Russo LF
CC Sabathia LHP

Yankees/Orioles Lineups and tidbits

*Spoke with Mike Gonzalez on the phone yesterday. He’s pain free and expects to throw an inning Saturday either a simulated game or extended spring game. The timetable for his return is June 14, although it could be the series after the Os return from the West Coast.
*Jake Arrieta continues to make a push at Triple-A Norfolk. If you missed it, I wrote about him and Chris Tillman yesterday.
*Brian Roberts is progressing well at extended Spring Training and will play in a game on June 4.  The plan is for him to play five innings and get a few at-bats.
*Felix Pie will start to throw down in Sarasota. He has not participated in any baseball-related activities since being diagnosed with an upper back strain.

ORIOLES LINEUP:

Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brian Matusz LHP

YANKEES LINEUP:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Curtis Granderson CF
Kevin Russo LF
Javier Vazquez RHP

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*Spoke with Mike Gonzalez on the phone yesterday. He’s pain free and expects to throw an inning Saturday either a simulated game or extended spring game.
*Jake Arrieta continues to make a push at Triple-A Norfolk.
*Brian Roberts is progressing well at extended Spring Training and will play in a game on June 4.  The plan is for him to play five innings and get a few at-bats.
ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brian Matusz LHP
YANKEES LINEUP:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Curtis Granderson CF
Kevin Russo LF
Javier Vazquez RHP

B-Rob "better"

About the only positive piece of news manager Dave Trembley relayed
following Friday’s loss
was on the opposite side of the country.

 

Brian Roberts saw back specialist Dr. Lee Riley and he’s responding
well to his second epidural. Trembley was told that Roberts is a “little better”
and he will see Riley again on Monday.

 

Given that Felix Pie is now on the disabled list, any of hope of returning
Roberts to the lineup is a lift. Even if that hope is slight.

Pie's replacements

If Felix Pie does warrant a DL trip (and I’m not saying he
does, but he might) the Orioles will likely recall Lou Montanez. Montanez
nearly made the team this spring when Nolan Reimold’s status was uncertain and
will allow manager Dave Trembley another option in the outfield. Since Reimold’s
still not 100 percent the team doesn’t want to run him out there every day.

Of course the best case scenario simply would be to avoid
putting Pie on the DL. But Trembley made it clear last night that the team is
committed to getting Pie’s left shoulder back in order. It’s a problem that
keeps creeping up and sidelining him for a few days at a time. So, the best
long-term solution probably would be to give Pie a chance to let his shoulder
fully heal.

Pie exits

OAKLAND-Orioles outfielder Felix Pie exited Thursday’s game against the Oakland Athletics after scoring the team’s first run in the seventh inning.  Pie, who appeared to injure his shoulder while at the plate, drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Adam Jones’ single.He scored on Nick Markakis’ sacrifice fly to mark the first time the Orioles drove in a runner in scoring position all night.

Pie has been plagued by left shoulder injuries in the past, most recently hurting his arm while throwing to the plate in the Orioles’ Opening Day to the Rays on April 6. He has been one of the few bright spots in an Orioles’ offense and entered Thursday’s game batting .471 with a homer and an RBI. He was 0-for-3 in Thursday’s game. Nolan Reimold took over for Pie in left field for the bottom of the seventh inning.

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{pagOAKLAND-Orioles outfielder Felix Pie exited Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics

after scoring the team’s first run in the seventh inning.  Pie, who appeared to injure his

shoulder while at the plate, drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Adam Jones’ single.

He scored on Nick Markakis’ sacrifice fly to mark the first time the Orioles drove in a

runner in scoring position all night.

Pie has been plagued by left shoulder injuries in the past, most recently hurting his arm

while throwing to the plate in the Orioles’ Opening Day to the Rays on April 6. He has been

one of the few bright spots in an Orioles’ offense and entered Thursday’s game batting .471

with a homer and an RBI. He was 0-for3 in Thursday’s game. Nolan Reimold took over for Pie in

left field for the bottom of the seventh inning.
OAKLAND-Orioles outfielder Felix Pie exited Thursday’s game against the Oakland Athletics

after scoring the team’s first run in the seventh inning.  Pie, who appeared to injure his

shoulder while at the plate, drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Adam Jones’ single.

He scored on Nick Markakis’ sacrifice fly to mark the first time the Orioles drove in a

runner in scoring position all night.

Pie has been plagued by left shoulder injuries in the past, most recently hurting his arm

while throwing to the plate in the Orioles’ Opening Day to the Rays on April 6. He has been

one of the few bright spots in an Orioles’ offense and entered Thursday’s game batting .471

with a homer and an RBI. He was 0-for3 in Thursday’s game. Nolan Reimold took over for Pie in

left field for the bottom of the seventh inning.

Lineup Shakeup & Rays/Orioles tidbits

Here are the lineups for
tonight’s game with the O’s sporting a different look, as manager Dave Trembley
hinted
at last night.

Matt Wieters will make his Major
League debut in the cleanup role, something he hasn’t done since last season in
the Minors.  He said he won’t approach it
any differently and was hopeful that the lineup shakeup would do more than just
benefit him.

Trembley had said this
spring that he wanted Wieters to grow into the cleanup role. But with an offense
lacking any firepower, some changes had to come down.

“It’s a good lineup for
tonight’s game against a very good pitcher [Jeff Niemann[," Trembley said. We've
struggled scoring runs, sometimes you shake it up a little and things just
break out. That's my intent, just see if it breaks out."

As for how Wieters will
handle the No. 4 spot, Trembley wasn't worried.

"The good ones have a
way of rising to the occasion. They don't change but it just gives them a
little maybe shot in the arm, they like being the guy," he said. "And Wieters
impresses me in a different kind of way. He's not boastful, he doesn't attract
a lot of attention to himself, but he's a very important guy around here. So, let's
give him a chance."

Other notable changes
are usual No. 2 hitter Adam Jones in
the fifth spot and Miguel Tejada
(who had been hitting cleanup) in Jones' old role. Felix Pie is leading off again following a 2-for-3 debut, including
a solo homer, out of the top spot.

Several O's, including Nick Markakis, were pretty vocal about the team's offensive woes. Let's hope they get it on track tonight with Matusz on the hill.

ORIOLES LINEUP:

Felix Pie LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Nolan Reimold DH
Garrett Atkins 1B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

Brian Matusz LHP

RAYS LINEUP

Jason Bartlett SS
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Willy Aybar DH
Dioner Navarro C
Gabe Kapler LF

Jeff Niemann RHP

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