Pie out with pain in left shoulder

Pie out with pain in left shoulder

ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles left fielder Felix Pie was held out of Wednesday's lineup after he felt a sharp pain in his left shoulder while throwing home in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss at Tropicana Field.

"I'm not too worried about it because [Wednesday] I'm already feeling better than I did [Tuesday night]," said Pie, who stayed in the game and went 1-for-4 with a double.

Manger Dave Trembley described Pie's injury as a "little rotator cuff strain" and said he will take it day-by-day.

"Let's hope for the best and get him back in there because he brings energy and excitement to the club," Trembley said. "And I like him in the lineup."

In Pie's place is Nolan Reimold, who wasn't expected to play on the Rays' artificial turf until Thursday's finale. Reimold has been slowed this spring by left Achilles surgery performed in September, but after snapping an 0-for-22 skid on March 21, he managed to get his spring average up to .283. He hit two homers and collected six RBIs in spring's final two weeks, and has begun getting first-base work in an effort for Trembley to potentially get both Reimold and Pie's bats in the lineup.

"My job is difficult. I've got nine slots in the lineup and I've got 11 guys that would like to see themselves in the everyday lineup, and I can't do it," Trembley said. "So, I'm going to have to find at-bats as best I possibly can for those guys."

Trembley added that there is no competition between Pie and Reimold in left field; it's more of a balancing act as the two will likely platoon based on matchups and Reimold's health.

"Reimold was going to play the third game [against the Rays], so he gets to play one day earlier than he was scheduled to play," Trembley said. "I like the way he ran the last few days of camp. He's ready to go and he'll find himself in the lineup today. I can't tell you what we'll do [Thursday]."

Reimold, who found out he was in the lineup when he arrived Wednesday, said he didn't expect a problem running on the Rays' turf. He pointed that he played at Tropicana Field while batting the left Achilles problem last year, and the soreness he's currently experiencing is to be expected given the scope of his injury.