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Ailing Pie, Scott leave O's bench short

Ailing Pie, Scott leave O's bench short

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore manager Dave Trembley has gotten plenty of practice running a short bench, but this is something else entirely. The Orioles went into Wednesday's finale against Tampa Bay with just two healthy players on the bench, a direct reflection of ailments plaguing Luke Scott and Felix Pie.

Scott, who suffered a shoulder injury over the weekend, is considered a day or two away from returning to the lineup. Things are a little more problematic for Pie, who left Tuesday's game with an unspecified stomach illness. Trembley initially thought Pie would be fine for Wednesday's game but learned otherwise early in the day.

"Last night, before I left, [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] told me everything checked out OK," said Trembley. "And then today, before [Pie] came to the park his stomach was upset again and bothering him, so they're taking him over to the hospital to get him checked out. He came in today and I told him, 'Hey, you can't go out on the field. There's no activity until Dr. [William] Goldiner sees you, then we'll go from there.' "

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Baltimore will have Robert Andino and Gregg Zaun on the bench for Wednesday's game.

Trembley went on to say that Lou Montanez, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis can hold down the outfield for the foreseeable future, and he also said that he's comfortable using Ty Wiggington as a reserve. That means that the Orioles may be tactically short on the bench, but they don't need to make a move.

"I'm confident Scott is going to be all right," Trembley said. "He seems to think he's fine. Pie, I'm a little concerned about because I think he's got a stomach virus, some kind of flu."

Pie had to leave Tuesday's game after his second at-bat, and the Orioles made creative use of their roster to replace him. First, Trembley went to Wigginton as his primary reserve. And late in the game, he made Montanez -- who had started as the designated hitter -- move into left field as a defensive substitute.

"Last night, we were in a situation where I did the American League double-switch and put the DH in the game as a defensive guy," said Trembley. "I think we'll be OK to get by with it. Obviously, you'd like to have a full complement of reserve players on the bench, but I'm pretty optimistic that Scott might be able to come off the bench and pinch-hit tonight. I'm anxious to get out there and see where he's at."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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