SARASOTA, Fla. – Nolan Reimold has been around the Orioles complex for several weeks. His last year a washout because of a herniated disc in his neck, Reimold is looking for a huge rebound.
Manager Buck Showalter said that Reimold took batting practice on Tuesday.
“It’s a big step for him mentally more than physically. He’s not nervous, but he’s got some anxiety about getting that first, he’s afraid he’s going to go out there and swing and miss about 10 times,”
Will Reimold and Nate McLouth platoon in left field?
“I’m not going to use that P-word right now. I kind of like the edge that Nolan’s got right now,” Showalter said
“I do have a long memory of what Nolan was getting ready to do for us last year. And how he got hurt. So he’s going to get a very patient approach. He can be a big player for us this year, something that a lot of people have forgotten about.”
Reimold hurt himself diving after a foul ball in Chicago, and didn’t play after April 30. He underwent surgery two months late.
“He thinks that all of us have forgotten about Nolan. He could be a positive kick in the pants for us if he comes back and is healthy and ready to go,” Showalter said.
“He’s a tough guy. A lot of people might have threw their hands up in the air and said, ‘That’s enough. It’s just not meant to be.’ You can see that look in his eye.”
Showalter said that the edge that the 29-year-old Reimold has is a good one. Team executive Brady Anderson thinks that might not be a bad thing.
“Brady made a good point. He said, ‘I’m not sure you want to take that away from him,’ and I agree,” Showalter said.
NOTE: Catcher Jose Gil’s arrival at camp from Venezuela is being delayed by visa issues.