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Nolan Reimold joining Orioles in Toronto, plus latest on J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold watches his two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the third inning Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Baltimore.
Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold watches his two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the third inning Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Baltimore. (GAIL BURTON / Associated Press)

TORONTO — Outfielder Nolan Reimold is on his way to Toronto to join the Orioles from Triple-A Norfolk. He won't be activated for today's game, but he was scheduled to start on Sunday against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle. Reimold is hitting .400 (6-for-15) with two doubles, one homer and three RBIs in his career against Buehrle.

However, the Blue Jays are now starting right-hander Marco Estrada in Sunday's series finale.

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But Reimold's contract is still expected to be selected Sunday.

Reimold did not have to accept an outright to the minors after he was designated for assignment on Aug. 24. But he remained in the organization because the Orioles made a contractual obligation to Reimold that he would rejoin the club when rosters expanded in September.

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Reimold hit .227/.306/.340 with two homers and eight RBIs in 39 games with the Orioles this season. He was 4-for-22 in eight games with Norfolk after being outrighted.

Batting practice was optional before today's game, but shortstop J.J. Hardy continued to take BP as he gets ready to return from the disabled list Tuesday.

"He's good, ready to go," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Hardy, who is on the DL with a strained left groin. "He feels good."

On Tuesday, Hardy will return to shortstop, where Manny Machado has made his first four major league appearances (three starts) over the past two weeks. Machado will return to third base when Hardy returns, but Showalter said his time there was valuable.

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"We have to have people who play multiple positions because you're going to have some injuries along the way," Showalter said. "How do you find out that Steve Pearce can play second base? How do you find out that Chris Davis can play right field? Junior Lake has played 50-some games in center field as a starter. … We spend most of spring trying to develop versatility because the season doesn't stop when [Jonathan] Schoop can't play or Manny is out for the rest of the year. We were in the playoffs last year without [Matt] Wieters, without Manny and Chris Davis."

Showalter said he has seen Machado, who has played in all 135 games this season, energized by his time at shortstop.

"We're all looking forward to getting J.J. back … but it's good to have that 'what if?'" Showalter said. "I think if you play as many games as Manny's played, too, that you need a little juice in the giddy-up. I think it gives him something new when he comes to the park. I know he was, not fired up but energized by it. But more for the right reasons, because the club needed him. It's not unconventional for him."

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