BOSTON – One of the Orioles’ longest-tenured players, outfielder Nolan Reimold, will continue his career with one of the team’s American League East division rivals.
The Orioles confirmed Sunday that Reimold was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Reimold, who has been limited to 56 games since the beginning of the 2012 season because of multiple neck surgeries, was designated for assignment last week after his 20-day minor league rehabilitation assignment window ended. He was placed on waivers Friday. Teams had 48 hours to place a claim on him.
Reimold, 30, could contribute immediately for a Blue Jays team desperately seeking outfield depth. Toronto also claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. The Blue Jays must take on Reimold's remaining contract this season, roughly $500,000.
Reimold hasn’t played in more than 87 games since his rookie season in 2009, when he hit .279 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 104 games.
Since then, he has had surgery for a frayed left Achilles tendon, a first next surgery to remove a bulging disc and fuse his vertebrae, and a second neck surgery to correct the first. He played in 40 games last year before his season ended July 23 with the second neck surgery.
Reimold his .315/.420/.481 with two homers and nine RBIs on a minor league rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Bowie.