BY BEN STANDIG, CSNBALTIMORE.COM
BOWIE -- While Orioles teammate Wei-Yin Chen made his first rehab appearance Saturday night, Nolan Reimold's stint with the Baysox reached 11 games. The end of the outfielder's rehab assignment on the Double-A level could end soon, perhaps before he's truly found his way at the plate.
Against the Harrisburg Senators, the left fielder went 1 for 4, a performance that actually raised his batting average. Reimold, who has been recovering from a right hamstring injury, added a walk and scored a run, but also struck out and grounded into a double play.
"Yeah, I feel fine physically," Reimold said following the Baysox 6-4 win. "Still getting comfortable hitting. My first two at-bats I kind of just gave away but my last three I felt a lot better. I feel like I’m on the right path and I’ll be all right."
In his two previous games, Reimold went 5 for 11 with an RBI. Those outings clearly represent his best work at Bowie. In 11 games with the Baysox, Reimold is batting .190 (8 for 42) with four RBI and zero home runs.
He last played for the Orioles in May 11 and has been with the Baysox since the middle of June.
"What have I had, 20 at-bats? Not 30 at-bats? Not even? That’s not very many at-bats," said Reimold, apparently losing track of his plate appearances while he tries to find his swing. "I’ve had a lot of time off. ...I’m not looking up at the scoreboard looking at my average or anything like that because that’s not what I’m here for. I’m here to get ready and help the team win but also get comfortable and get ready to play again."
The Orioles start a road trip on Monday. With a call up, Reimold is on it. Will his batter's touch be as well is perhaps the real question.
"Yeah, you’ve got to come off the DL at some point in time, so looking forward to it, looking forward to getting back up there," Reimold said.