Reimold, Ayala in doubt for Red Sox series

The Baltimore Sun

     Left fielder Nolan Reimold had to be removed from Sunday’s game with a tight hamstring and reliever Luis Ayala was taken to a local hospital after becoming ill during the game, which
left the Orioles scrambling to position possible roster replacements in case
either one needs to be placed on the disabled list.

     Reimold said that his right hamstring cramped up when he was trying to beat out a double play ball in the sixth inning.

     “I just had a little cramp, spasm, whatever you want to call it,’’
he said. “It just kept getting tighter and tighter. I sprinted down to first to
try to beat out that double play and I think (first base coach Wayne) Kirby
could tell it was starting to bother me, so it was probably smart to come in
and evaluate it."

     Though manager Buck Showalter seemed concerned that he might
need a replacement for Reimold in Boston, Reimold said that he thinks he will
be able to play on Monday.

     “I think so,’’ Reimold said. “I came in here, did
some ice and stim (electronic stimulation) and calmed it down. It’s a little
tight still, but it’s not cramping up or anything any more, so it should be all

     Showalter said that Ayala fell ill during the middle innings and, after
evaluation by the medical staff, it was decided to send him to the hospital. He
was not expected to accompany the team on its charter flight to Boston.


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