Lou Montanez, 26, formerly of the double-A Bowie Baysox, will get his first taste of Major League Baseball Tuesday night. Montanez has been called up to the Baltimore Orioles to replace centerfielder Adam Jones.
Jones injured his left foot when he fouled a ball off of it in Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. The Baltimore Sun and Orioles.com reported that he was scheduled to have a CT scan on his foot Monday, and Orioles.com later reported that he could be headed to the DL retroactively.
To fill Jones’ spot on the roster, the Orioles reached down to double-A to call up Montanez, who leads the Eastern League in the three triple crown categories, slugging, and OPS. The outfielder was pulled after two plate appearances but was officially broken the news after the game.
“I knew something was up when [outfielder Sebastien Boucher] was starting to stretch and they took me out of the game,” Montanez said.
Montanez is scheduled to fly out to Anaheim Tuesday morning to meet the Orioles for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Andy MacPhail, Orioles President of Baseball Operations, who was General Manager of the Chicago Cubs when the Cubs drafted Montanez in 2000 (third overall), was in attendance at Bowie’s game, adding more significance to Montanez’s big night.
“It is special, it’s special that [MacPhail] followed me all these years and he still believes in me,” Montanez said. “It’s a good story.”
Montanez has come a long way since being drafted in 2000, but his past keeps catching up to him. Two of his former managers, both with the single-A Daytona Cubs, are Orioles manager Dave Trembley (2002), and Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz (2003).
Montanez signed a Minor League contract with the Orioles before the 2007 season. His most recent manager, Baysox manager Brad Komminsk, was pleased to pass the news along to Montanez.
“It’s exciting,” Komminsk said. “It’s exciting for staff members as well as the players. He deserved getting called up. He’s had a great year and hopefully he’ll stay up there for the rest of the year.”
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