Reimold still a work in progress

Nolan Reimold went 0-for-2 in his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday afternoon, and later acknowledged that he’s still not running at 100 percent.

That’s hardly news, he’s said that consistently this spring, but it’s important for the Orioles that he’s out there and is looking pretty good on the base paths. Reimold grounded into a double play to end the third inning and said normally he would have tried to beat the throw at first.

“But I’m going to try to not hurt myself anymore, I guess,” he said. “If it was a regular-season game, I would probably have been full go. I ran hard, but I didn’t want to hurt anything.”

He also grounded out to shortstop in his first at-bat and said he felt he was seeing the ball well and that the next step was to hit it well. As for his timetable, Reimold said he expects to be fully ready by the end of spring and has no doubts about his status come Opening Day.

“I’m not where I want to be obviously,” Reimold said. “I’d love to be 100 percent and have no soreness or anything, but you have to play this game with pain sometimes.”

Reimold had successful surgery to repair a partial tear of his left
Achilles tendon on Sept. 23, correcting an ailment that bothered him all
last season. Projected to be the Orioles starting left fielder — as part
of a platoon with Felix Pie — Reimold arrived at camp with no
restrictions and has been participating fully in all baseball-related
activities.

Given the unusually cold temperatures in Florida, manager Dave Trembley wanted to exercise caution and wait until it warmed up a little bit before putting Reimold out on the field. Following Saturday’s game, Trembley acknowledged that the team has made it clear to Reimold that he shouldn’t be running 100 percent just yet.

“We’ve told him to take it easy coming out of the box,” Trembley said “I told him that I had a guy prepared if he would have gotten on his second at-bat, somebody would have ran for him. So that’s all been pre-planned.”

 

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