Orioles’ left fielder Nolan Reimold was beaned in the face by Tampa starter Alex Cobb in the top of the first inning of this afternoon’s game. According to reports, Reimold was on the ground for several minutes while being attended to by head trainer Richie Bancells before getting up and being carted off the field. Reimold was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Consider this the first major injury problem of camp for the Orioles. By that, I suppose I mean that this is the first player to fall victim to injury after otherwise being okay. Furthermore, it’s not an injury whereby good training or conditioning will help to prevent it either. You can’t really prepare for being hit in the face. Masnsports.com’s Roch Kubatko initially thought that the ball hit his helmet due to the loudness of it, however in fact the ball hit Reimold on the left side of the face. In the interim I suppose we’ll see a bit more of Endy Chavez and Jai Miller, however my concern is for Reimold’s well-being. This was supposed to be a year where he was to get his opportunity to play consistently. While that’s still very possible, this is not the kind of thing that anyone wanted to see happen. More as we hear it.
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Update (4:50 PM): A CT scan on Reimold came back negative, which means that no bones were broken in his face. While that’s most certainly good news, it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to play in games again.