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Montanez likely to DL; Atkins will stay a while; Wiggy out with back tightness

Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said that seldom-used outfielder Lou Montanez has an oblique injury and will probably go on the disabled list tomorrow when the club activates starter Brad Bergesen.

That could save Garrett Atkins from losing his roster spot until at least later next week when outfielder Felix Pie is ready to be activated from the disabled list.

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In fact, Atkins is in the starting lineup tonight against the Washington Nationals, his first start since June 14. He's playing mainly because Ty Wigginton is having some lower back tightness that started during last night's game and is still affecting the infielder.

Wigginton said that he doesn't believe it's anything serious, but he could miss a couple of days.

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Samuel said that it's not a given that reliever Koji Uehara will be activated before tomorrow's game. The club could wait until after Monday's off day. Either Frank Mata or Matt Albers could be in jeopardy when Uehara is activated.

Samuel also said that reliever Michael Gonzalez is close to a being sent to one of the minor league affiliates for a rehab assignment.

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