Orioles manager Dave Trembley described Felix Pie’s ailment as a “little rotator cuff strain,” and he listed the outfielder as day-to-day. No predictions on when Pie will return to the lineup.
“Let’s hope for the best and get him back in there because he brings energy and excitement to the club and I like him in the lineup,” Trembley said while sitting in the visiting dugout before batting practice.
Nolan Reimold gets the start in left field tonight.
“Reimold was going to play the third game here, so he gets to play one day earlier than he was scheduled to play,” Trembley said. “I like the way he ran the last few days of camp. He’s ready to go and he’ll find himself in the lineup today. I can’t tell you what we’ll do tomorrow.”
The left field situation has been a hot topic since the beginning of winter. Is Reimold still the starter? Is it Pie? What’s going on here?
“All I said was that, to start the season, I felt that Pie was going to play left field because Reimold wasn’t 100 percent healthy,” Trembley said. “I never gave any inclination that it was a tryout. I never gave any inclination that somebody lost their job or somebody won their job over the other guy. I looked at it very clearly in spring training. Reimold didn’t run very well. Reimold was hobbled. Pie was 100 percent. Pie had a good spring. Coming in here on this turf against right-handed pitching, I was going to play Pie the first two games. The third game I was going to get Reimold in. I get Reimold in a day earlier because of the Pie situation. By no means whatsoever do I look at it as a competition of somebody’s going to win the job.
“My job is difficult. I’ve got nine slots in the lineup and I’ve got 11 guys that would like to see themselves in the everyday lineup, and I can’t do it. So I’m going to have to find at-bats as best I possibly can for those guys. And I will write the lineups on a day-by-day basis and do the best I can to put the best team out there.”