Reimold’s Path Back to Baltimore
By Mike Franz
Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
It seems as though Nolan Reimold has spent more time on the disabled list than he has actually on the baseball diamond. Earlier this season, Nolan Reimold was recovering from a pair of neck surgeries. The recovery took longer than expected and Reimold was placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 7th.
Since that date Reimold has been scratching and clawing his way back into playing shape. After several weeks of taking batting practice and resuming baseball activities, Reimold finally got to play in an extended spring training game on May 23rd.
After having played in several extended spring training games, Reimold took the next step on his road back to the Baltimore and that was playing for the Orioles Double-A Affiliate, the Bowie Baysox.
On June 10th, Reimold played in his first game of the 2014 season for Bowie. That night he went 1-3 from the plate.
Since then, Reimold has played in a total of eight games and, might I add, he has been playing extremely well. In a total of 25 at bats, he has recorded eight hits and is currently batting .320/.438/.520.
His past two games, Reimold has really started to show both progress and confidence while swinging his bat. On June 16th, he went 2-3 on the night with two singles and scored once as well. After a couple of days off, Reimold got the start as the designated hitter for Bowie last night.
He not only had another two-hit ball outing, but his two hits scored runs. In the bottom of the first inning with a on first, one out and the Baysox trailing 1-0, Reimold stepped up to the plate. After looking at the first pitch for a strike, he drove the ball to center field for a double, scoring Niuman Romero from first base.
In the bottom of the third inning with his team trailing by five runs, Reimold once again closed the gap with a two-run home run to left center field. The homer was his first with Bowie this season. And by hitting it he recorded his fourth and fifth RBIs.
Reimold will continue his rehab assignment and is expected to return to the Orioles in late June to early July.