Felix Pie was seen settling into his locker Wednesday night, leading to the assumption that he would be returning from his rehab assignment to take the Orioles roster spot of Luke Scott, who injured his hamstring during Wednesday's game and was headed to the disabled list.
Well, you know what they say about assuming.
As it turns out, the Orioles called up super-prospect Josh Bell instead, putting the third baseman in the lineup to make his major league debut against Oakland.
Bell, 23, is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound switch hitter with major power. He was acquired from the Dodgers last year at the trade deadline as part of a package for closer George Sherrill. In his first spring training game with the Orioles, he homered twice.
Bell was batting .266 for Triple-A Norfolk this season, with 10 homers and 44 RBI in 74 games.
Outfielder Pie hasn't played in the majors since April, coming back from a back injury. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles apparently didn't want to rush Pie, who is still working on throwing, just because of Scott's injury.
It's not immediately clear what the Orioles plan to do at third base, where Miguel Tejada is the starter and playing pretty well. They might just juggle things around for a few days until they're convinced Pie is ready, then send Bell back down.
-- David Andriesen
UPDATE: The Orioles are indicating that Bell may only be up for a few days, with Pie due back from the DL Monday. "We told him to not buy an apartment here," Orioles president Andy MacPhail told the Baltimore Sun.
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