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Adam Jones was released from the hospital early this morning and tweeted the following: “Back from hospital. Wasn’t as serious as it sounded. Glad everything is in order. Appreciate the support and well wishes. Back at it mañana.”

I’m just disappointed that he wasn’t tweeting from the ambulance.

We’ll find out tomorrow whether Felix Pie cleared waivers and is willing to accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.

Pie can choose to become a free agent. The Orioles would like to keep him in the organization.

You know how I feel about Pie. I’m not bashing the guy, but he never adapted to being the fourth outfielder and he didn’t bring anything to the table this season. He didn’t hit for average or power, didn’t steal bases, didn’t throw out runners, didn’t perform like a defensive replacement.

As I’ve often stated, it’s wasted speed. He’s the fastest guy on the team, but he had nine steals in 16 attempts over three seasons with the Orioles. He’s 20-for-28 in parts of five major league seasons. And those wheels didn’t make him a good left fielder. He covered a lot of ground, but he no longer outran his mistakes.

A National League team might view him as a tools guy - he supposedly had five of them while working his way up the Cubs’ system - and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s claimed. It no longer should concern the Orioles.

I keep arguing with another reporter who insists that Matt Angle isn’t a major league player. I point out that Angle can steal bases and give the Orioles plus-defense. That puts him ahead of Pie as an extra outfielder. Anything he does with the bat is gravy.

There’s still work to be done, but I like the way the 25-man roster has evolved. Ryan Adams needed to be up here playing second base. Angle needed to be the extra outfielder.

Should we read anything into the Orioles’ decision to purchase Jake Fox’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk instead of recalling Brandon Snyder? They wanted a backup first baseman and chose someone who wasn’t on the 40-man roster.

The Orioles must decide whether to keep Snyder on the 40-man this winter or let him become a minor league free agent.

I’m curious about the rotation going forward, now that I’m counting six arms. Alfredo Simon started last night. Jeremy Guthrie and Jo-Jo Reyes are slated to close the series against the Twins, as long as Reyes’ back spasms don’t return. Tommy Hunter will start Friday’s series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards, and left-handers Brian Matusz and Zach Britton are scheduled to start Saturday’s doubleheader.

Math isn’t my specialty, but I’m counting six.

And let’s not forget Jim Johnson, who’s being stretched out so he can start before the season ends. And the possibility that the Orioles promote a starter from Triple-A Norfolk (Steve Johnson? Rick VandenHurk?)

I don’t think the Orioles intend to go with an eight-man rotation.

As I’ve written in the past, I believe Reyes could be a Mark Hendrickson-type next season - a lefty who can work in long and middle relief, be a matchup guy and make spot starts if needed. If he pitches poorly tomorrow afternoon, he could get a head start on that role.

Simon most certainly earned another start after last night’s gem.

So much for him being fatigued. He must have grown tired of that accusation.

I’m repeating myself here, as well, but I really like Mark Reynolds at first base.

Did you see the play he made last night to start a unique double play? He fielded Ben Revere’s sharp grounder, stepped on first and fired home to get Luke Hughes in a rundown. Simon applied the tag.

Reynolds showed great instincts. He executed the play perfectly, recording the out at first and keeping tabs on Hughes.

Reliever Jeremy Accardo threw two perfect innings in relief last night for Norfolk, striking out two and lowering his ERA to 2.20.

Just thought you’d want to know.

Luis Lebron faced three batters in the eighth inning for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He allowed one run on a hit and two walks.

I like to check on the progress of a few players who drew the Orioles’ interest over the winter. We already know what happened to Adam Dunn, Adam LaRoche and Jason Bartlett. Now comes word that the Pirates designated left-hander Joe Beimel for assignment.

The Orioles offered Beimel a minor league contract, but he chose the Pirates. Beimel grew up in St. Mary’s, Pa., and attended Duquesne University. The Pirates drafted him in the 18th round in 1998. It was a homecoming for him.

It didn’t go well. He started the season pitching in rehab games because of an arm injury, went on the disabled list in late May and didn’t return until after the All-Star break, and posted a 5.33 ERA in 35 appearances.

At least Clay Rapada and Mark Hendrickson are still in the organization.

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