When Ryan Freel didn't get up after he was hit in the head by a pickoff throw from Justin Masterson on Monday, it wasn't hard to figure what was going to happen next. When Freel spent last night in a Boston hospital for observation, I think everyone pretty much figured that Lou Montanez was headed up today. Freel was just placed on the disabled list opening a space on the 25-man roster.
Montanez deserved to make the team out of spring training, but was blocked by the Felix Pie experiment...and he wasn't alone. Fellow outfield prospect Nolan Reimold also had a great spring and is off to a terrific start at Triple-A Norfolk, but Montanez showed last year he can be productive off the bench at the major league level.
To fill the slot vacated by Montanez on the Tides roster, outfielder Jeff Fiorentino has been moved up to Triple-A from the Bowie roster. OF Joe Nowicki will go from Class-A Aberdeen to Bowie to fill the roster spot left open by Fiorentino.