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A return for potential 'nugget' Reimold?

Down on the farm Monday night, former Orioles starting left fielder Nolan Reimold stayed hot, going 2-for-4 in Triple-A Norfolk's 8-4 loss to Durham. Reimold is batting .344 in August, and by all accounts looks more like the impressive rookie we saw a year ago than the scuffling sophomore who hit .205 before the Orioles optioned him to the Tides in May.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said over the weekend that he has discussed a possible promotion with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, though he made no guarantees. He made a strong endorsement of Reimold, though, and it sounds like Showalter thinks the 26-year-old has "nugget" potential.

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"We all love his potential and what he can bring," Showalter said. "Hopefully he is at that stage of his career that he is ready to bring it again. He is definitely real strong on the radar."

So why not call up Reimold -- like this week? Give him some time to get comfortable, finish the last few weeks of the season strong and hopefully build some confidence for 2011. Let him play left field, first base and DH a little, too. It's a smart move for the future -- Corey Patterson is playing fine, but he's not a nugget -- and you can't tell me he isn't a better option right now than Jake Fox and Julio Lugo.

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If anything, the Orioles owe him one after they demoted him two weeks before Nolan Reimold Bobblehead Night at Camden Yards. I know it's a business, but that's just cold.

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