Showalter says Reimold, Roberts here to help

Showalter says Reimold, Roberts here to help
July 11, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nolan Reimold (14) hits a double against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

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BALTIMORE — Nolan Reimold hit a three-run home run on Wednesday night. Brian Roberts came inches away from one. Reimold and Roberts have combined to play in just 50 games; 37 for Reimold, 13 for Roberts. Entering Thursday night’s game, Reimold is batting .202 with five home runs and 12 RBIs, Roberts is hitting .233 with a home run and six RBIs.

While both aren’t hitting as well as the Orioles would like, manager Buck Showalter says there’s no grading on a curve. “They’re there. We didn’t activate them if we didn’t think they were there.” Showalter said. “There’s not another level of rehab. We’re trying to win. We think they can help us.”

Showalter points out that both have experience that can’t be measured. “There’s a lot of things that don’t challenge them that would challenge, say Hank Urrutia,” Showalter said. “Run them out there and see what they bring.”

NOTE: Showalter was asked about the Orioles trading for three All-Stars. Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones were all acquired in trades. Their fourth, Manny Machado was the third overall pick in 2010. “Actually, Manny was kind of a trade, too. We traded our season the year before for the ability to draft him,” Showalter joked.