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Orioles: Freel still restless

Utilityman Ryan Freel (left) will start an injury rehabilitation assignment on Friday, but he obviously would rather be on his way out of town for good. He repeated yesterday that he doesn't feel like there is a real place for him in Baltimore.

Though he stopped short of demanding a trade, it was pretty apparent what he was saying as he talked to reporters today.

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"There's nothing wrong with change,'' Freel said. "I believe in change and I don't think I fit here. I don't think I fit anywhere they want me to fit in this organization."

Freel said he was ecstatic when he was acquired by the Orioles in the deal that sent catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Cincinnati Reds, but he isn't ecstatic now.

"I'm not happy about the situation, but there's nothing I can do about it,'' he said. "It's not the same. I was thrilled to death coming here. I'm definitely not as happy as when I first came here, but we'll see what happens."

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