09/29/09 7:35 PM ET
Pie's season probably finished
Orioles outfielder nursing strained left quad
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
"I would say that Pie is doubtful for the remainder of the year," said Trembley. "He's got to be able to show that he was pain free, no symptoms and he could run without any problems. [Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] is telling me right now that if this was [July or August], he more than likely would be out for a good while."
Pie began the season as Baltimore's left fielder, but he lost his starting job after struggling to hit. The Orioles replaced him with Reimold, and Pie didn't begin to emerge again until Jones went to the disabled list. Pie batted .333 in 23 August games and has batted .290 overall since the All-Star break to salvage his season.
Jones saw his season end on a severely sprained left ankle, and Reimold closed his year out with corrective surgery to repair a partially torn left Achilles tendon. That flurry of injuries has left Nick Markakis as the only regular outfielder left standing, and Trembley has been forced to play Luke Scott and Jeff Fiorentino down the stretch.
"Let's give credit where credit is due: Fiorentino has stepped up," said Trembley. "He's made an impression here as a guy who could be an interesting guy on your club. He's played all three spots, he's run the bases good, he's got some big hits, he's covered ground out in center field. Let's hope that we don't have any other injuries, because I don't know. I went over to instructional league today, and I don't think any of those kids are ready."
The Orioles have Lou Montanez as the lone reserve outfielder, and they also have bench infielder Ty Wigginton, who has extensive experience in the outfield. Trembley said his team should be fine to finish off the season, but he admitted he's perplexed as to why he's had such a roster squeeze after September callups.
"For a while there, we were moving right along," said Trembley of his outfield shortage. "All of a sudden, it seemed like some of these things just happened all at once. ... I really think, to be honest with you, our schedule might have had something to do with it. We played 40 games in 41 days. It just happened. I'm pretty appreciative about the other guys who have played -- the guys who have played every day and haven't said anything."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.