SARASOTA, Fla. – Nolan Reimold wasn’t in the original lineup for Thursday’s intrasquad game. Buck Showalter said he wasn’t going to play, but after the game began, Reimold strolled up to the plate and flied out to left.
It was Reimold’s first swing for the Orioles since last Apr. 30, and after nearly eight months, nice for his manager to see.
"I sat down and talked to him today. He wanted to get out there and get some at-bats. He's been a full-go since he got here. He's been a full turn-loose. It's just waiting on the strength to come back,” Showalter said.
“”It'll be a process. You're not always going to be able to dictate some of the things you can do like you can in an intrasquad game. It was his idea as much as it was ours."
Showalter wouldn’t commit to playing Reimold on Saturday against Minnesota in the first exhibition game. Reimold underwent neck surgery in late June.
"It's getting a little better every day. We're still testing to see what percentage he's at. He's not going to hurt it. There's just some things he needs to do, I think mentally as much as physically," Showalter said.