It had been made clear by Andy McPhail that OF Felix Pie will not be sent to the minor leagues. Pie, has struggled for the most part but is showing flashes of the potential tools that he possesses.
The reasoning for the decision is simple. Felix Pie has options remaining (to be sent to the minor leagues), but would have to be exposed to waivers where he can be claimed by any team before he got sent down.
If Pie were to be put on waivers, it is widely assumed that a team would take a flier on him and put on a waiver claim. That would mean that Pie could potentially end up with them and the Orioles
would lose an outfielder.
Even with Nolan Reimold starting basically every day and Luke Scott back from injury, Pie will be the back up outfielder and Dave Trembley will still find him some at bats for the rest of the season to show the Orioles that he belongs in the majors leagues to stay.
It has and will continue to be about fulfilling potential for the young outfielder.