Felix Pie is hitting .385, but the Orioles have lost all nine games that he’s played.
Don’t blame Pie. It’s not entirely his fault.
I checked on him an hour ago and he’s feeling fine after making his first start with the Orioles since April 15. No shoulder or back pain. It must be behind him, so to speak.
“I still feel good,” he said. “Before we played here, I played a couple more (rehab) games and I’m conditioned. I’m ready.”
Pie had two hits and an RBI last night.
“I’m not surprised because I’ve been swinging the bat good,” he said.
Pie doesn’t know whether he’ll be in the lineup again tonight. He spoke to interim manager Juan Samuel around 2 p.m., but wasn’t told if he’d face Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
I’d find it surprising if Pie’s on the bench.
“I told him today I was ready,” Pie said.
Samuel told reporters in Boston that he planned to ease Pie back into the leadoff spot. Pie batted seventh last night.
“I’m OK right there, but if he wants to put me back at leadoff, that’s good, too,” Pie said. “I’m OK where I’m at right now.”
Here’s the Orioles lineup, which includes Pie:
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Felix Pie LF
Josh Bell DH
Cesar Izturis SS
Brad Bergesen RHP
For the Tigers:
Austin Jackson CF
Johnny Damon DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch LF
Carlos Guillen 2B
Brandon Inge 3B
Gerald Laird C
Danny Worth SS
Max Scherzer RHP