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Orioles utilityman Ryan Freel has been taken to a local hospital for tests after being his above the ear by a pickoff throw at second base. Red Sox starter Justin Masterson hit him right on the edge of the helmet and Freel stayed down for a long time, but club officials reported he was responsive when trainer Richie Bancells went out to attend to him.

No doubt, he suffered at least a mild concussion, which could create a pretext for the Orioles to place him on the disabled list and recall Lou Montanez from Triple-A Norfolk. Club officials aren't talking, but there have been whispers that they have been unimpressed with Freel's performance and attitude and may be looking for an excuse to make a change.

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Why Montanez and not International League Player of the Week Nolan Reimold? Because the player who is recalled (if there is a move) will not play every day and Montanez showed with his solid performance at the major league level last year he can perform off the bench.

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