MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles designated slumping outfielder Felix Pie for assignment on Tuesday, and recalled infielder Jake Fox and outfielder Matt Angle.
Pie was hitting .220 in 85 games this season and found his playing time drop off in the past two months. He played only 17 games in July, hitting .143, and had just 17 at-bats in eight games in August.
“Hopefully it’s a win-win for Felix,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said before Tuesday’s game against the Twins. “We were looking for ways to get him being the guy we know he might be capable of being. So, for us, we hope he clears and decides to go to Norfolk, and gets some at-bats and gets back to doing what he’s capable of doing.
“Somebody can pick him up, or he can become a free agent if he wants to, but we got to the point where if he can’t get some at-bats and get back to being what he’s capable of being then it’s probably not going to work out for him.”
Fox takes Pie’s spot on the 40-man roster, while he takes an open 25-man roster spot vacated when infielder Blake Davis was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk following Monday’s game.
Angle appeared in two games in July, going 0 for 7 in his first major-league action.
“Matt’s had a good year and it’s a little better fit for us right now where we’re going,” Showalter said. “We need to get Blake Davis, very similar, his at-bats weren’t going to be there for him. Blake needed to get started back up again offensively and playing around a lot of different positions. It’s a good move all the way around for us, but we’ll see what it looks like down the road.”
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