OAKLAND, Calif. – Continuing to lose key players almost as rapidly as they are losing games, the Orioles put outfielder Felix Pie, one of the team's few hot hitters and the de-facto leadoff man in Brian Roberts' absence, on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Lou Montanez from Triple-A Norfolk.
Pie, who suffered a strained left rotator cuff in spring training, aggravated the injury in Thursday's loss while swinging and missing at a Tyson Ross pitch in the seventh inning. Pie will get an MRI Saturday.
It is the latest blow to an offense that entered Friday with the second worst run total (29) in the American League. Pie, the Opening Day starter in left field, was leading the team in hitting with a .400 average and one home run, and had filled in admirably in the leadoff spot with Roberts on the disabled list.
His injury will likely mean more at-bats for second-year outfielder Nolan Reimold, who is still recovering from an Achilles' injury. It could also force manager Dave Trembley to use his normal No.2 hitter, Adam Jones, in the leadoff spot.
Montanez, an outfielder who has hit .247 in 194 big league at-bats over the past two seasons, was hitting .259 with five RBIs in seven games for the Tides.
The Orioles' disabled list now includes Pie, Roberts, closer Michael Gonzalez and setup man Koji Uehara.