The Orioles’ roster will be shuffling before they open the second half of the season tonight in Texas, and all signs point to left fielder Nolan Reimold heading to the 15-day disabled list.
Reimold was not with the team for its workout in Texas on Thursday. And Reimold’s injury apparently has nothing to do with the lingering right hamstring injury that put him on the DL for more than seven weeks this season, but is a reoccurrence of last year’s neck pain that forced him to miss all but 16 games of a promising 2012 campaign.
That’s not good news. Last year’s injury began as a herniated disk in his neck. Two epidural injections stopped the swelling, but couldn’t relieve the tingling in his left arm. Ultimately, he had season-ending surgery last June to remove the disk.
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Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Reimold had played in just 56 games and he hasn’t played more than 87 games in a season since his rookie year of 2009.
If the injury is similar to last year’s and surgery is a possibility -- which could be the case -- Reimold’s second half is in serious jeopardy.
The Orioles are expected to place Reimold on the DL and, in a corresponding move, recall Danny Valencia, who will likely start tonight at designated hitter against Texas left-hander Derek Holland to fill a spot that would have been normally filled by Reimold. Valencia is a career .312 hitter against left-handed pitching.
The Orioles will also purchase the contract of Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia. Another corresponding DL move is likely -- and left-handed hitting Chris Dickerson, who injured his left shoulder recently, is a possibility -- but there could be other DL options.
But Urrutia's promotion isn't one forced by an injury. Last year, the additions of players like Manny Machado and Nate McLouth provided the Orioles with a second-half spark. They hope Urrutia can do the same. He likely won't have as big of a role early, but his arrival is accompanied by great intrigue.