Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is seeing a second cervical specialist today in Baltimore for another opinion on his neck problems – a suggestion made by the first specialist, Dr. Lee Riley, whom Reimold saw in the last few days.
Regardless of those findings, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Reimold, who is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on June 30, will not be back before the All-Star Break. The manager didn’t want to say more until he had the diagnosis from the second specialist, which could come tonight.
“He will not be back before the All-Star Break,” Showalter said. “But let me get the rest of the information. I know where we are going.”
Reimold has not played since April 30 with a bulging disk in his neck. He has received two epidural shots and the most recent MRI showed the disk was shrinking, but Reimold continues to have tingling in his left arm and a lack of overall strength.
The club sent him to Riley to see if the problem is nerve-related – which would require different treatment. Showalter was reserving comment until the second opinion is known.
The Orioles have not mentioned season-ending surgery yet, but that could be a possibility depending on what was discovered by the neurosurgeons.
Reimold, 28, hit .313 with five homers and 10 RBIs in just 16 games as the club’s starting left fielder before dealing with back and neck issues, which he initially thought were neck spasms.
Some other Orioles notes:
Joel Pineiro (shoulder) is expected to pitch five innings against the Minnesota Twins Class-A Gulf Coast League affiliate on Tuesday.
Matt Lindstrom threw one inning Monday of the Gulf Coast League team in Sarasota, will throw another Wednesday and, if that goes well, will pitch for Bowie on Friday.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden (back) is one to two weeks away from participating in spring training-type activities.
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