MASN’s Roch Kubatko is reporting that left fielder Felix Pie is likely headed to the 60 day disabled list and could be out for the next three months.
The speedy lefty went on the DL on Friday night, but he won’t be back on the field anytime soon.
This is bad news for The Birds. Pie, 25, was acquired from the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2009 season. The nimble outfielder barely hit his weight the first two months of the season, but came around to finish the year hitting .266 and showing flashes of brilliance in the field.
Pie was one of the few bright spots at the plate for the O’s in the early goings of the 2010 season, hitting .400 with a home run. Pie looked to be perched semi-permanently at the top of the order, where he replaced another injury bug-bitten Bird, Brian Roberts.
Lou Montanez will see more playing time in left field with Pie out and Nolan Reimold hobbled. Montanez, a minor league triple crown winner, can spray the ball around the field, but is a downgrade in left.
Adam “I Won’t Rest Until I Become World Champion or At Least Squat More Than 235” Jones has been batting first for the O’s in Pie’s absence. He’ll have to improve upon his current OBP of .271 if he is going to help the team produce.
In parts of four seasons in the major leagues, Felix Pie has gone down with a series of unfortunate inuries, perhaps the most unenviable being a twisted scrotum suffered as a Cub during Spring Training 2008.
Here’s to hoping he doesn’t get his pants in a bunch while he recovers from his latest ailment.