The only bright side to this is the outfield depth the O's have...
Roch Kubatko is reporting that Felix Pie has a back injury and could miss up to three months:
Pie went on the disabled list April 16 with an injury classified as a strained muscle in his upper back, but further examination today revealed a more serious problem.
There's been no talk of surgery, and Pie is debating whether to stay here or report to Sarasota to rehab after an extended period of rest.
President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed the injury a few minutes ago and compared it to the one suffered by reliever Jim Miller a few years ago.
"Left alone, I'm told - and they have significant medical information on this - the thing will heal itself as quickly or more quickly than if you did something on a surgical basis," MacPhail said. "But it's going to take some time to go through the process that it has to go through."Not great news given that Pie looked to be a much improved player at the plate in 2010 and certainly looked better in the field than he did at the beginning of 2009.
I suppose the bright side is that Nolan Reimold and Luke Scott will be playing nearly every day.
Lou Montanez, your time has come. You wanted an opportunity and this is it.