Nolan Reimold says the rehabilitation from his late June surgery is going well.
“I’m very happy with where I’m at,” Reimold said on Friday morning.
“I feel like once spring training rolls around and the season starts, I’ll be 100 percent.”
Reimold underwent surgery to have a herniated disk in his neck repaired. He didn’t play after April 30.
The 29-year-old Reimold is working out and says he’s about to schedule an X-Ray to check and make sure everything’s fine.
“Things are progressing along really well,” he said. “Once I get the all clear, I’ll be able to start baseball activities.”
Reimold is hoping to move his workouts a little bit south from his home near Jacksonville, Fla. to the Orioles’ spring training base in Sarasota.
“I plan on getting there as early as I can,” he said.
Last year was a difficult one for Reimold, who hit .313 in 16 games before being sidelined. He visited with the team in Baltimore late in September then continued his rehab at home. He’s eager for spring training to start so he can feel more a part of the team.
“I think we got a lot of guys coming back. The longer you play with guys, the better. It’s good when most of them are coming back,” Reimold says.
With Nate McLouth’s signing there’s been talk of a platoon with Reimold. Despite chatter about him trying first base, a position he’s never played in the majors, Reimold’s heard nothing about playing there.
“I haven’t discussed anything like that. Nobody’s led me to believe
I’ll be doing anything but playing the outfield with maybe some designated hitter mixed in,” Reimold said.
“I don’t make any of those decisions.”
-The Orioles are releasing a DVD highlighting the 2012 season. “The BUCKle Up Birds: An Underdog Story” is available for $25. The video will be available in mid-January and can be ordered at www.orioles.com/buckleup.
-Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette will be the keynote speaker for the Delmarva Shorebirds annual banquet on Jan. 26 at the Delmar VFW. Tickets are $33 and can be obtained by calling Shawn Schoolcraft at 410-219-3112.