The Orioles made a flurry of roster moves Monday afternoon before their series opener against the Kansas City Royals, among them designating outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment.
The team also placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list with a left groin strain, reinstated infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce from the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed reliever Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles will open their four-game series in Kansas City – the first time they've played the Royals since being swept in the American League Championship Series -- with an extra reliever in the bullpen and a three-man bench.
Reimold, who played almost exclusively against left-handed starters, hit just .227 with .306 on-base and .340 slugging percentages, two home runs and eight RBIs in 39 games with the Orioles. He made just one start since last Saturday and was 5-for-32 over his past 13 games (nine starts).
Reimold, who signed a minor league deal in the offseason and was called up in early June, doesn't have to accept an outright to the minor leagues, but the team could coax him into staying and bring him back up to the big league club when rosters expand Sept. 1.
After taking Reimold off the 40-man roster, the Orioles are now at 37 players.
Pearce flew to Kansas City on Monday morning to join the club after going 1-for-5 with a double and RBI in two minor league rehabilitation games with Double-A Bowie.
Hardy said after Sunday's 12-inning, 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins that he was heading to the disabled list. He entered the game as a defensive replacement in Sunday's game, so is not eligible to return to the club until Sept. 8.
Rondon gives the Orioles eight arms in the bullpen after the team's relievers accounted for four innings on Sunday. Right-hander Mychal Givens likely won't be available Monday night after pitching two innings on Sunday.
Rondon hasn't pitched since Friday, but has allowed five runs over his past three outings with Triple-A Norfolk.