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Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2009-05-12

Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2009-05-12
Monday was full of questions for the Orioles but devoid of answers.

How did Luke Scott's MRI turn out? Will he be forced to the disabled list by a bad shoulder? Who will take his spot? Does promising Nolan Reimold get a shot?

The Orioles could go a number of directions should Scott's self-diagnosed rotator cuff injury require a trip to the disabled list.

The club could go with Lou Montanez -- currently battling a nagging thumb injury -- and Ty Wigginton as the designated hitters, with Felix Pie and Montanez splitting time in left.

They could recall a minor-league journeyman like Oscar Salazar (.371, five homers and 25 RBI at Class AAA Norfolk) and let him share some at-bats.

Recently acquired outfielder Joey Gathright could be purchased from Norfolk to provide support off the bench.

They could opt to go back to 13 pitchers and activate Rich Hill from the disabled list a few days earlier than anticipated.

The most intriguing option is to recall Reimold, who was batting .381 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in the minors. The Orioles envision Reimold as a full-time player, which would likely mean the end of the Felix Pie experiment in left.

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Added: May 12, 2009

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