By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun
10:00 PM EDT, April 20, 2012
– Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold was back in the starting lineup Friday after missing one game with neck spasms.
Reimold said he felt a grabbing pain after Wednesday's game and then woke up Thursday morning and couldn't move his neck from side to side.
He received treatment on Thursday in Chicago and then visited a chiropractor on Friday morning in California. Reimold took swings in the afternoon and declared himself ready to play.
"(The chiropractor) worked on it, got adjusted and then I came to the field and the trainers worked on it and loosened it up," Reimold said. "And I swung in the cage and I felt pretty good, so I'm playing."
Reimold, who was hitting .341 with four homers and eight RBIs in 10 games heading into Friday, said he is particularly frustrated that he has had to sit out several times this week. He missed two games earlier this week due to a hamstring issue.
"It is (frustrating), especially right after the incident with the hammy. We were cautious with that," Reimold said. "I feel like people think I am delicate, you tap me the wrong way and I'll crumble. And that's not the case. It's just hard to play when you can't move your neck."
Arrieta dealing with aces
As the Orioles' No. 1 starter, Jake Arrieta has already had to oppose the New York Yankees' CC Sabathia and Minnesota's Carl Pavano this month. On Saturday he gets Jered Weaver, who finished second in the American League Cy Young Award voting last year and is off to another great start.
Weaver is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in three starts and has struck out 23 batters while walking two in 20 2/3 innings. Arrieta, who is 1-0 with a 2.66 ERA in three starts, said he loves the challenge of facing teams' aces.
"I've done it since I was a little kid, you play in those select tournaments and travel and you are facing the best guys in the country. It is no different now," Arrieta said. "I get to throw against Weaver (Saturday) and it's going to be a unique experience throwing against a guy like that who has been able to accomplish the type of things he has in his career."
Oftentimes, pitchers say they don't consider who is opposing them on a given night, but Arrieta said he is aware of who is throwing against the Orioles and what that means he needs to do to be successful.
"My job is just to go out there and outpitch him," Arrieta said. "All of that includes outpitching their lineup, but if I can put up a better line than him, we're probably going to come out with a win. So that's really my mind set. To go out and try and outpitch him."
Presley leaves team due to kidney stones
Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley has left the team and flown back to Baltimore to see the club's urologist due to a kidney stone issue.
Showalter said Presley went to the hospital on Thursday afternoon in Chicago after not being able to pass a kidney stone — a condition he has had previously.
"He was some kind of sick," Showalter said. "Went to the hospital about a half hour before (Thursday's) game time. And they kept him overnight (in Chicago)."
Showalter said Presley still hadn't passed the kidney stone Friday, so he was flying home and will meet the team there. While he's gone, Showalter said Presley's duties will be split among several staff members.
Wada dealing with stiff neck; rehab could be suspended
Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings in his first rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, was dealing with a stiff neck from a poor night's sleep before that awful outing, Showalter said.
Wada, whose Orioles' debut has been delayed due to an elbow injury, did not tell anyone about the neck problems before the start, Showalter said. If the problem continues, the club may suspend his rehab stint, because he has only 30 days from when it begins to get to the majors — unless he suffers a setback or another injury.
"(We have to) get our arms around that because you know there's 30 days (on rehab) with a pitcher," Showalter said. "Whether we want to stop the clock or keep it going, we will see how he feels."
If the neck issue is temporary, Wada, 31, will continue his rehab with the Tides, Showalter said.
Around the horn
The Orioles are still talking to teams about a potential deal involving infielder Josh Bell, who was designated for assignment earlier this week. … LHP Wei-Yin Chen, who pitches Sunday, probably won't start again until Saturday, April 28 against Oakland, which will allow him to pitch on five-days' rest again. … This is the first time the Angels and Orioles have met with Jerry Dipoto as the Angels' GM. Dipoto was the first to interview with the Orioles last winter for their open top executive position, but he withdrew his name and took the Angels' job. One of Dipoto's assistant general managers is Matt Klentak, who left the Orioles this winter after four seasons as director of baseball operations. … The Orioles released Triple-A catcher John Hester on Friday to make room for catcher Luis Exposito, who was claimed on waivers this week from Boston and assigned to Norfolk. … Heading into Friday, Brian Matusz's 11-game losing streak is tied for second most in Orioles' history with former starter David Hernandez in 2009-2010. Mike Boddicker holds the club record with 13 straight losses in 1987-1988. … If the Orioles can win their three-game series in Anaheim, it will mark the first time since August 1998 that they have won each leg of a three-city road trip.Orioles Insider | Live scores | Photos | Baseball app
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