SARASOTA, Fla. -- Felix Pie will be the Orioles' Opening Day left fielder, a decision manager Dave Trembley has been hinting at for days, but made official after Tuesday's game.
"I got to call Pie in [to the office] and say, Pie you are going to be the Opening Day left fielder in Tampa [April 6]. You have really improved; you've earned it," Trembley said. "This is not a slight on [Nolan] Reimold, but this is the right thing for Reimold. He's not 100 percent."
Reimold has been slowed this spring by offseason surgery on his left Achilles tendon, but he has made significant strides in the past 10 days. The 26-year-old snapped a 0-for-22 skid on March 21 and appears to be running better in the field and along the bases. Reimold has hit safely in his past five games, raising his average to .231 in 13 spring games.
Pie has put together an impressive spring campaign, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored on Tuesday to raise his average to .393. He is expected to share left-field duties with Reimold as part of a platoon this season.