Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold optimistic he can put injuries behind him

June 26

Outfielder Nolan Reimold has reason to be optimistic again. Reimold is in the final days of a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment with Class AA Bowie. He has spent most of the past three seasons clinging to small victories with his health and hoping to put his injury-plagued past behind him.

And he said recently that he feels “a lot better.”

Reimold, 30, has a 20-game rehab assignment window that end Sunday, so the Baltimore Orioles almost certainly need to find a way to add him to the 25-man roster on Monday to keep him in the organization. Reimold doesn’t have any minor league options remaining, so he would have to clear waivers — and that likely wouldn’t happen — before he could be sent down.

“Nolan is doing fine,” Orioles Executive Vice President Dan Duquette said. “He’s getting on base. He’s playing in the field. He’s hitting the ball pretty well, so hopefully we can find a spot for him. . . . He’s worked hard to come back and have another opportunity. He had two [neck] surgeries, so he’s doing well to get back.”

The Orioles will have a difficult time fitting Reimold, who has been limited to just 56 major league games since the beginning of the 2012 season, on a crowded 25-man roster. The team currently has three right-handed hitters who play left field and designated hitter.

Nelson Cruz led the major leagues through Wednesday with 64 RBI and he was tied for the lead with 24 home runs. Steve Pearce, who is batting .331 in 41 games, has been one of the team’s hottest hitters over the past six weeks. And Delmon Young is batting a career-high .320 in 37 games.

It is clear that Reimold, if healthy, could help the Orioles. But since he played in 104 games as a rookie, Reimold hasn’t played more than 87 games in a season. “Compared to last year, everything is a lot more consistent,” Reimold said.

— Baltimore Sun

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