Orioles designate Pie, recall Fox and Angle

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.”