The results were mixed, but Nolan Reimold said that he was happy to be back in action -- even if it just at the Double-A level. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the first game of his injury rehab assignment with the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday night, but he finished with a long fly ball that probably would have left Prince George's Stadium on a warmer, less misty evening.
"The first two at-bats, I was searching for it,'' he said. "The third at-bat, I felt a lot better. I had a few good swings. Got to a full count. Had a pretty good swing, stayed over that fastball. It kind of just stayed up and didn't carry."
Reimold went back to the clubhouse after his third at-bat and went through a lengthy stretching and lifting routine to loosen up his neck and shoulder, but he said that is a new component of his program to continue strengthening his upper body after last year's neck surgery. He's actually on the disabled list because of a sore hamstring but said that felt fine.
"I'm working on some stuff with my upper body, just flexibility,'' he said. "So when I get up there [back to the major league club], it'll be loose. I've got a lot of tension. I don't know what it is, from this [pointing to his shoulder], but I think what I'm doing will help out a lot when I get up there. Hammy felt good. I didn't really run or anything. My body felt good. It was just a matter of getting comfortable at the plate again."
It was pretty obvious during the early part of the season that Reimold was having trouble playing through the hamstring injury, so he accepted the suggestion from manager Buck Showalter that he go on the disabled list and try to get completely healthy before returning to the major league roster.
"I don't like making excuses,'' Reimold said. "I had some limitations. My body didn't feel very good at all. But a lot of guys don't and you've got to go out there and keep battling, which I was prepared to do. I was going to keep grinding it out, but I sat down with Buck and we had a talk, and I think it was the right decision to go on the DL, especially after the MRI came back. I can say my body feels a lot better now than it did at the start of the year."