Orioles: Montanez ready to compete

Outfielder Lou Montanez, who earned a late call up last season after putting up Triple Crown numbers at Double-A Bowie, arrived at camp to face a very crowded outfield situation in the wake of the offseason acquisition of Felix Pie and Ryan Freel.

Not that he is surprised by any of it. He monitored Andy MacPhail’s offseason reconstruction project and knows that it could dramatically affect his chances of making the 25-man roster out of spring training.

“I’m always paying attention,’’ he said. “It’s kind of like reality TV for me. I follow everything that comes out.”

Rather than be disappointed about it, he said he is more determined than ever to prove he belongs at the major league level.

“It’s expected – in the big leagues – there’s going to be competition. I think that makes you better. It’s a long spring and a lot of things can happen. You always come in trying to outdo the other guys. You wish everybody luck, but you want to be the luckier one.”

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