Although many Baltimore Orioles fans probably felt that the decision on whether or not to add Nolan Reimold to the active roster or expose him the waivers would never come because he would just get hurt again, that decision is looming this weekend as his rehab assignments last just through the weekend.
It seems that this is a hot topic among any Orioles related news site, and although we are also touching on it, the truth of the matter is that its a topic that needs to be discussed.
Reimold, who has had two neck surgeries in the past two years and has been recovering from a corrective surgery to fuse two vertebrae in his neck, has shown promise in his brief stints in the big leagues with the Orioles, but has never been able to stay healthy.
He has played in 13 games thus far with the AA Bowie Baysox while on rehab assignment and has hit .359 with two home runs, nine RBI, 14 hits, nine runs scored and has drawn ten walks to just seven strikeouts. Now there is an important thing to note here, Reimold has played just five of his 13 games in the field (left field) while in Bowie, but in those five games he has not made an error in eight chances.
Reimold was playing in Spring Training for the Orioles, but was pretty much limited to DH duties as he was unable to look up for fly balls, so it is still a bit of a question on whether or not he could be a legitimate option in the outfield.
The 40-man roster is no issue for the Orioles to get Reimold onto, but it's the 25-man roster that is the tricky part. Reimold would be yet another right handed hitting corner outfielder to go with Steve Pearce, Delmon Young, and Nelson Cruz, all three of which are performing well and would be tough to justify placing any of them on waivers.
Reimold is out of options and despite the injuries, the likelihood of him clearing waivers would probably still be pretty thin, so many fans simply say hey, easy choice, replace David Lough with Reimold. OK, we understand that sentiment as Lough as certainly been disappointing at the plate, but he is one of few left handed bats on the roster, and there is no denying the speed he brings to the basepaths and his defensive ability. Believe us, we would have no issue with replacing Lough with Reimold, but it needs to be pointed out that the departure of Lough would take away another left handed bat, of which the Orioles could honestly use another one of.
MASN's Roch Kubatko got a great quote from Reimold when asked about whether or not he would leave if another team were to claim him on waivers:
"Yeah, absolutely," Reimold said. "If they don't want me enough to keep me here and somebody else wants me more, I'd go there. I'd prefer to stay in Baltimore. That's where I started. That's where I want to be. But if they put me on waivers, I'll do what I have to do."
It's unclear on what the Orioles will do, but by next week, we will know if Reimold's tenure in Baltimore is over, or if the organization will give him one more shot to prove he can both produce and stay healthy.
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