One possibility, manager Buck Showalter conceded Tuesday, would be surgery, which would surely end the left fielder’s season.
“I don’t want to throw dirt over Nolan right now. Let’s let this thing run its course. I’ve gotten some positives, some best-case scenario ideas, too. I don’t think we’re ready to go there yet,” Showalter said. “I think when we gather everything, what they decide to do exactly, then I can address that part of it. … I don’t want to start acting like it is somebody that’s not going to play for us this year.”
The 28-year-old Reimold hit .313 with five homers in 16 games, but has been out since April 30 with what originally was thought to be neck spasms. Later, he was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his neck and received two epidural shots. A recent MRI showed the disk had shrunk, but Reimold is still dealing with tingling and weakness.
Showalter said in his pre-game meeting with reporters that he has been in contact with Reimold and team special assistant Brady Anderson, who has gone to the appointments with the left fielder.
“I’ve texted him, I’ve called him once, Brady is right there beside him,” Showalter said. “And we’ve exchanged a couple texts back and forth. [I] told him to hang in there. He said he is trying to. It’s very frustrating for him. He had a lot of things lined up for him to have a big year for us. So I hope it’s being delayed not denied.”
Given the delicate nature of the injury and his position as a professional baseball player, Showalter said he thinks Reimold should take his time making a call.
“It’s not something you can rush, making a decision like that, especially when you’re dealing with your back and neck,” Showalter said. “So whenever the doctors concur on the direction to go I am sure we’ll have something to talk about.”