Orioles' Nolan Reimold to play in minor league games for more at-bats

SARASOTA, FLA. — — With minor league spring training games underway, Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold will begin making trips to the Twin Lakes Park complex for at-bats there.

"I haven't had very many at-bats the last two years, and the ones I did, I wasn't exactly physically right, so you throw those out," Reimold said Tuesday. "I really haven't had too many at-bats the past two years, so I'm going to go down there and just start hitting."


Given how much time he has missed over the past two seasons due to injury, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Reimold can benefit from getting several at-bats each day at the minor league complex. He could have around 10 at-bats per day by moving from field to field as a designated hitter.

"He said it's up to me," Reimold said. "I'll just go down there, and he said I can go field to field or just stay at the field and lead off every inning. It's just a matter for going down there and seeing more pitches and getting more comfortable and getting back to hitting the ball."


Showalter said he thought Reimold had his best game of the season in Monday's 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, when he scored twice in two plate appearances off the bench, drawing a walk and hitting a single. Reimold is 3-for-14 this spring with four walks.

"It's just a matter of getting muscle memory back to going after pitches instead of letting them get on you," Reimold said. "There's just one little movement that I do that I want to get rid of, and it's preventing me from hitting the ball. It's a matter of working out some kinks that you develop with some time off."

Matusz back after allergic reaction

Less than two days after a trip to the hospital that put his scheduled spring appearance Tuesday into question, left-hander Brian Matusz pitched two scoreless relief innings in the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.


Matusz went to the emergency room Sunday night after he had an allergic reaction to tuna tartare that he ate that had been exposed to peanut oil. He was originally scheduled to pitch three innings Tuesday, but the Orioles limited his outing as a precaution.

Matusz said he felt something wrong as soon as he ate the food, but he said he used an EpiPen injection and went to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he was given fluids and medication. But the effects of the EpiPen wore off within the a few hours and his throat, chest and lungs swelled up and he began to have an asthma attack. Luckily, Matusz was already at the hospital, so he was given more fluid and a respiratory mask.

"It was definitely scary," Matusz said. "I called my mom as soon as it happened, and she said, 'Brian, get to the hospital.' I called [assistant trainer] Brian Ebel, and he said the same thing. And fortunately, I was able to be in the hospital when the second attack happened."

Matusz retired all six batters he faced Tuesday, striking out three Boston batters. The Orioles have stretched Matusz out this spring and are considering him for a rotation spot, but he has been the club's most valuable left-handed reliever, so he will likely return to the bullpen to start the season.

Wieters rolls right ankle

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox following the bottom of the fourth inning after he rolled his right ankle while rounding third base.

Showalter said Wieters was taken out of the game as a precaution. No X-rays were planned.

"He was fine," Showalter said. "He just went in and got some ice on it. … [Head trainer] Richie [Bancells] said that if it was during the season, he'd continue to play. But we wanted to get some ice on it, and make sure it doesn't turn into something else."

Wieters led major league catchers last season in games started (134) and innings played (1201).

Three reassigned to minors

The Orioles made three roster cuts Tuesday, reassigning right-hander Eddie Gamboa, infielder Cord Phelps and outfielder Julio Borbon to minor league camp.

Gamboa, who is in beginning his second season as a knuckleball pitcher, threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in five relief appearances, striking out six and walking one. Showalter utilized him in various situations in games out of the bullpen this spring.

Phelps, who was placed on the 40-man roster in the offseason, then removed and outrighted to the minors, was 2-for-13 in nine spring training games. Borbon, a long-coveted outfielder who was the Orioles' pick in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft in December, was 3-for-12 in nine games this spring.

Around the horn

Outfielder Francisco Peguero, who is 4-for-15 this spring and out of minor league options, was unavailable Tuesday with a right wrist sprain. He is considered day-to-day, Showalter said. … Rule 5 draft pick Michael Almanzar, who started the spring with one hit in his first nine at-bats, is 5-for-11 with three doubles, one homer and seven RBIs over his past four games. He hit a two-run double in the ninth inning Tuesday. … Miguel Gonzalez allowed two runs, including a solo homer to Boston's Brock Holt, in three innings Tuesday in his first outing since a premature exit three batters into his appearance last Friday. "He was OK," Showalter said. "He didn't quite get the full work day in between, too. He had some hard hit balls at people, too. I've seen him crisper. I was just glad to get him through his work and get his pitches in." … Alexi Casilla played in his first spring game Tuesday, starting at second base and hitting ninth. Casilla suffered a right hamstring injury early in camp. … Center fielder Adam Jones participated in batting practice Tuesday, and left for Baltimore in the afternoon for the birth of his first child. … Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will throw out the first pitch at Wednesday's home game against the Philadelphia Phillies and will sign his new children's book. … Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will make his second spring start on Wednesday. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and right-hander Darren O'Day are also scheduled to pitch. … X-rays on outfielder Xavier Paul's right hand were negative. He was hit by a pitch Monday. … The announced attendance of Tuesday's game was 7,647, the second home sellout this spring. Both sellouts came against the Red Sox.


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