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Pie tabbed for the Opener

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Felix
Pie
will be the Orioles’ Opening Day left fielder, a decision Orioles manager
Dave Trembley has been hinting at for days, but made official following Tuesday’s
game.

I
got to call Pie in [to the office today] and say, Pie you are going to be the Opening
Day left fielder in Tampa [April 6]. You have really improved; you’ve earned
it,” Trembley said.  “This is not a
slight on [Nolan] Reimold, but this is the right thing for Reimold. He’s not
100 percent.”

Reimold has been slowed this spring by offseason surgery on
his left Achilles tendon but has made significant strides in the last 10 days.
The 26-year-old snapped a 0-for-22 skid on March 21 and appears to be running
better in the field and along the bases. Reimold has hit safely in his past five
games, raising his average to .231 in 13 spring games.

“You think I’m going to ask him to go bust his butt on turf?,” Trembley said of Reimold, who has progressed but is still not full-throttle.

“That kid is as tough as nails. We all saw him play for three months last year [playing with the Achilles injury], half
a player, never complained, never did nothing.”

Pie has put together an impressive spring campaign, going
3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored on Tuesday to raise his average to .393.
He is expected to share left field duties with Reimold as part of a platoon
this season.

PHILLIES- ORIOLES Lineups and news

A few quick notes from today…

Mike Gonzalez said he felt good after tossing 8 pitches (5 for strikes) in the sixth inning of the Orioles Triple-A game against the Red Sox this afternoon. Gonzalez, who has been sidelined since Saturday with lower back stiffness, said the plan is to pitch another inning on Sunday.

Brian Roberts did some swinging right-handed yesterday, doing flips and tee work, according to manager Dave Trembley. Roberts told the media today that he would try to do more today and will have a better idea how his back is responding to the epidural in 3-4 days. He was cleared yesterday by Dr. Lee Riley to participate in baseball-related activities.

Koji Uehara is day-to-day with a left hamstring strain. Both Andy MacPhaili and Trembley said they aren’t concerned yet, but there’s not a lot of details yet. It isn’t the same spot as his previous injuries, but it’s still a left hamstring issue, so Koji says, “it’s always a concern.”  He wasn’t sure when he would get back on the mound, but was planning on playing light catch tomorrow.

Felix Pie is still a go to play on Saturday.

The Orioles also sent Wilfrido Perez to Double-A Bowie prior to Thursday’s game. The lefty didn’t allow a hit or a run over 3 1/3 scoreless innings this spring, and Trembley said it was time for Perez to get some more innings.

“He’s right on track to start pitching,” Trembley said.  “A guy coming off arm surgery,
he’s done very well. Left-handed, has a lot of value and is important to
us. Needs to go pitch. Has two things going for him: He can throw the
breaking ball and he can throw the changeup. Needs more experience,
needs to pitch.”

And here are the lineups from Bright House Field, which is my favorite stadium in Florida..  

 
ORIOLES LINEUP

Robert Andino SS
Ty Wigginton 2B
Nolan Reimold DH
Luke Scott LF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Lou Montanez RF
Josh Bell 3B
Chad Moeller C
Jeff Salazar CF
Brian Matusz LHP

 
PHILLIES LINEUP
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Werth RF
Greg Dobbs 3B
Brian Schneider C
Kyle Kendrick RHP 

Gonzo, Pie a go

Closer Mike Gonzalez came out of his warmup throws feeling good and tossed a bullpen session on Wednesday morning. Manager Dave Trembley said he was “encouraged” by the news of Gonzalez and outfielder Felix Pie, and the plan now is to have Gonzalez throw one-inning in Friday’s contest in Clearwater.

Pie threw and hit today and will play on Saturday afternoon. Trembley said he would have played Pie on Friday, but because it’s a night game, he opted to hold off for another day.

Pie hasn’t seen game action since Wednesday and has been dealing with a minor case of tendinitis in his left shoulder. Gonzalez has been slowed with lower back tightness and hasn’t pitched since Saturday’s “B” game. He was pulled after facing two batters in that contest and today’s side session was the closest he’s been to game-action since.

Gonzalez, Pie Updates

Mike Gonzalez,
who has been slowed by some lower back tightness, played catch today for about
15 minutes with setup man Jim Johnson.
They did some long toss  on one of the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium and Gonzalez even crouched down to give Johnson a
target at one point. He also ran sprints and appears to be moving well.

Gonzalez was optimistic about throwing in Wednesday’s game,
which would be his first game situation since being pulled early from Saturday’s
intrasquad game. Gonzalez faced just two batters before he exited with back
stiffness.

Felix Pie, who
hasn’t played in a game since Wednesday, threw the baseball today and also did
some running. He may have hit, but I didn’t get a chance to see that because I
was watching Kevin Millwood’s start.
He told me this morning he was going to throw and swing the bat, so I’ll
confirm that tomorrow.

Pie has a minor case of left shoulder tendinitis, an injury
that occurred mostly as a result of his weight room work.

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Pie Update

 The
reporters spoke with Felix Pie this
morning and he said he's feeling better and was hopeful that he would try to throw
and swing the bat a little tomorrow.

"The pain is almost gone," he said.

Pie has been sidelined with some left
shoulder tendinitis, which he said stemmed mostly from lifting weights. He hasn't appeared in a game since Wednesday.

 

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Pie out for a few, Reimold progressing

Felix Pie has a sore left shoulder and probably won’t see
game action until early next week. Manager Dave Trembley said he talked to Pie Saturday
morning and that he would maybe play on Monday or Tuesday.  Trembley said Pie’s soreness is more from
lifting weights than it is throwing or swinging a bat, and he will probably
work with hitting coach Terry Crowley a little bit back in Sarasota.

“That was another reason why I left him back too, today,”
Trembley said of Crowley.

The first reason? Nolan Reimold.

Reimold was slated to get a few at-bats at designated hitter
in the Orioles “B” squad game at Ed Smith Stadium, and Trembley also wanted him
to get in a session with Crowley.

Trembley said Reimold isn’t doing anything wrong at the
plate, he’s just needs to get in some extra work to help catch up.  

Reimold went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as the DH in
Wednesday’s loss, but according to Trembley, is progressively running better. He
has been wearing orthotics in his shoes to help alleviate some of the expected
soreness from the season-ending surgery he had on his left Achilles tendon in
September.

“He hasn’t had as many at-bats as everybody else, we’ve been
guarded with him because of the heel,” Trembley said of Reimold. “He’s had some
soreness. He ran better [Wednesday.]“

 “We have a lot of
time to catch him up but I’m not to the point yet where I’m going to start
pushing him. Not going to do that. But it’s nothing that he’s doing that’s wrong
or that I don’t like, I just think he needs some more time. He could benefit
from the time with Crow.”

Projected to be the O’s starting left fielder — as part of
a platoon with Pie — Reimold arrived at camp with no restrictions, but has
been on a slightly less aggressive Spring Training plan. He’s

He’s appeared in just three games -going 0-for-7 – and made
his first start in left field on Tuesday.  Trembley said Reimold is scheduled to start in
left field again on Monday in Fort Myers.

Oritz and Miggi catch up;Tejada to play Monday as well

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That’s Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada hugging on the field pregame. Oritz joked with Tejada that the pair “aren’t getting any younger. At least they are still having fun. Also pictured: Felix Pie.

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Manager Dave Trembley said pregame today that he will start to play some of the regular position players back-to-back, with Tejada being one of those guys. The former shortstop has been putting in extra early work every day with infield coach Juan Samuel, but got a morning off on Sunday. Tejada is batting 4th in the Orioles lineup today, and will play again on Monday.

Trembley said not every expected starter will go back to back, and although he declined to name specifically, you would have to assume Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold won’t go back-to-back just yet.  Center fielder Adam Jones will also be one of Sunday’s starters that will play on Monday.

Pie: A go for Saturday

Update 6:20: Manager Dave Trembley confirmed that Pie, Reimold and Aubrey will all be in Saturday’s game. Reimold and Aubrey will split DH duties with Pie in the outfield.

Felix Pie was walking a little funny in the clubhouse on Friday afternoon, but he insisted he felt fine when he woke up this morning and expects to play in Saturday’s game.

“It’s good,” Pie said of the left quadriceps stretch he felt during yesterday’s game. “I’m ready to go.”

Given that Pie’s season ended on a left quadriceps strain last year, he admitted that he was initially a little scared when he felt the muscle stretch.

“I’m not worried [now] because I don’t feel any pain,” he said. “I feel much, much better this morning. I can walk normal.”

Pie said he got some treatment this morning and that he would be “ready to go” for the Orioles-Tigers game in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m. ET tomorrow.

*Also Michael Aubrey was not in the starting lineup but could still get an at-bat. Manager Dave Trembley said prior to Thursday’s game that the plan is for Aubrey to start on Saturday. I blogged Thursday about Aubrey saying he could get in at some point tonight. As far as I know, that’s still a possibility.

*Assuming the weather isn’t too harsh, Nolan Reimold will make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday. The Orioles have been cautious with Reimold this week,but he told me that the plan is for him to play in Lakeland. That would certainly be a positive sign for the club.

Game 2 Wrap: Rays 6, Orioles 5

Just a few notes as I look out onto the now-empty Charlotte Sports Park…

*The game story is up here, if you missed my updates on the blog and Twitter.

*The Orioles out-hit the Rays, 9-6 and got a strong showing from Brian Matusz.

*Felix Pie left the game early, but is still scheduled to play Saturday in Lakeland.

On Deck: Chris Tillman will pitch Friday’s night game with the Pirates coming to town. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. 

Pie Update

Felix Pie said his left quadrecips area felt stretched out after he legged out a triple in the third inning, and downplayed the extent of his injury.

“Its not tight, its stretched a little bit,” Pie said, gesturing toward his left leg. “But I’m OK.”

Pie didn’t walk off the base until two pitches later, and said he was conversing with third base coach Juan Samuel about erring on the cautious side.

“Juan wanted to talk to me to tell me that this is the beginning of the season, it’s spring training,” Pie said.  “I’m OK now, I do my job so [they] took me out of the game.”

And what a job he did. Pie homered in his first at-bat in the first inning, before tripling two frames later. If it was a regular season game, Pie said he would have stayed in with no problem. He walked off the field by his own accord and didn’t have any ice or bandages on when talking with the media on his way out.

Given the season-ending left quadriceps injury that sidelined him last year, the Orioles are likely just being careful. But I’ll have Trembley post-game and will let you know otherwise…

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