SARASOTA, Fla. – Buck Showalter wants Nolan Reimold on the Orioles when the season starts. However, he wants Reimold to be able to play the field.
“We want him to play left field to be active when the season starts,” Showalter said.
“Nolan’s a good outfielder, and we want him to back to bringing that skill to us.”
Reimold, who came out of Friday’s game after two innings with a sore shoulder, threw for the first time since then and is scheduled to play in left on Sunday.
He’s confident he’ll be ready for Apr. 2 when the season opens.
“What do we still got, four weeks? I think I’ll be all right. I’m not really concerned about not being able to play the field. I’ve made a lot of progress and I’ll be able to play the field for sure,” Reimold said.
“I’ll be able to play the field again. I just, got to take care of my arm, work that issue out and get back out there.”
Showalter doesn’t want a player who can only be a designated hitter. It’s fine for Reimold to be limited to being the DH for now.
“So you are saying, if he says that I can DH, that it doesn’t bother me at all, which is the case now, but I can’t throw or play defense, would we take him? Probably not. “