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Pie to start rehab on Tuesday; Simon back as closer

The Orioles finally got some good news on the health front as interim manager Juan Samuel said that oufielder Felix Pie (torn muscle in back) will start a rehab assignment on Tuesday at one of the minor league affiliates. Samuel said that it hasn't been decided where Pie will go as it depends on scheduling and what team is at home.

Reliever Michael Gonzalez, who was expected to throw a simulated game today in Sarasota, also could begin a rehab assignment at some point during this coming week.

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Speaking of the bullpen, Samuel said that Alfredo Simon, who struck out the only two batters that he faced in Friday's series opener, will return to the closer role. David Hernandez, who blew a one-run save in the game, will be inserted back in the seventh and eighth inning role. Samuel said that was the plan all along once Simon got a few outings under his belt after coming off the disabled list.

Samuel also said that team isn't considering demoting struggling catcher Matt Wieters to Triple-A at this point.

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