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It's beginning to look like the Felix Pie experiment will be cut short, according to Jeff Zrebiec's story on the Web site. Manager Dave Trembley said in Toronto today that he needs to see more of Lou Montanez, and Andy MacPhail said yesterday that he is going to Norfolk to evaluate the Triple-A club. From here, it looks like all there is left to do is find a way to save face.

Pie has been one of the central characters in a near-total collapse of the bottom third of the batting order. Perhaps if Gregg Zaun and Cesar Izturis weren't also struggling badly at the plate, the club could continue to hide Pie in the eighth slot, but the lack of production at the end of the lineup has become a major factor in the team's 3-13 slump.

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Still, MacPhail seemed determined to give Pie at least a couple of months to get his feet on the ground in left field, so it was a bit surprising to see the pregame comments from Trembley explaining why Pie was out of the starting lineup for the fourth time in five games.

Obviously, Nolan Reimold is making a strong case for himself at Norfolk and Montanez deserves the opportunity to get some regular at-bats after winning the Eastern League Triple Crown last year, but all that was true a week ago when the team was still holding firm on the need to let the Pie audition play itself out.

If this was three years ago, I'd suspect that somebody upstairs -- and you know who that somebody is -- was growing impatient with the poor performance of the club. Of course, that kind of thing doesn't happen here anymore.

Right?

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