Nolan Reimold has reached the end of his 20-day injury rehabilitation assignment, but the Orioles have yet to decide whether they will designate the outfielder for assignment or add him to the club’s 25-man active roster, executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday.
Reimold, 30, remains on the 60-day major league disabled list after finishing his rehab stint Sunday. He had been recovering from complications surrounding corrective neck surgery last July.
“We’re still talking to Nolan and trying to figure out a way to keep him with the ballclub,” Duquette said. “We’re going to try to get that resolved in the next couple of days.”
Reimold was dealing with groin soreness at Double-A Bowie that kept him out of three games and limited his time in the outfield. One potential option is for Reimold to remain on the disabled list with the groin injury.
If the Orioles instead designate Reimold for assignment, the club will have 10 days to either trade him, put him on waivers or release him. If another team claims Reimold on waivers, it must add him to the 25-man roster and pick up the remainder of his $1.025 million contract. If Reimold clears waivers, the Orioles would outright him to a minor league affiliate, which he cannot refuse because he hasn’t been outrighted previously, according to Duquette.
Reimold hit .315 with two home runs, nine RBIs and three doubles in 54 at-bats for Bowie as part of his rehab, which began when he had difficulty moving his head upward to field flyballs in spring training.
Reimold’s neck problems have limited him to just 56 major league games since the start of the 2012 season. He initially underwent an operation to fix a bulging disk in his neck in 2012, and he also had his rookie year cut short in 2009 when he needed left Achilles tendon surgery.
In five seasons with the Orioles — only one of which has consisted of more than 100 games in the majors — Reimold has hit .252 with 41 home runs and 126 RBIs.
At the annual “State of the Orioles” address Saturday, Duquette said he’s hopeful that Reimold will contribute to the Orioles this year. But that may be difficult, since the club already has three right-handed hitters who can play left field and serve as the designated hitter. All three (Delmon Young, Steve Pearce and Nelson Cruz) are batting above .280.