Orioles OF situation raises questions
The ball, by Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold’s estimates, eluded
him by a margin of 5-10 feet, hitting the Budweiser advertisement in left
center field and scoring a pair of Rays’ runs, including the go-ahead tally in
Tampa Bay’s 4-3 win over Baltimore in front of a crowd of 15,220 Wednesday
To his credit, Reimold won’t make any excuses, although by
the Orioles’ original plans, he had no business testing his surgically repaired
left Achilles tendon on Tropicana Field’s artificial turf. At least, not yet. But Opening Day starter Felix
Pie hurt his left shoulder throwing to the plate in Tuesday’s loss, and manager
Dave Trembley was forced to move up Reimold’s season debut.
“I may not have that
first step or whatever, I don’t know, for a little while,” Reimold admitted. “But
I was feeling all right out there.”
Could Evan Longoria’s game-winning double had been a fifth inning-ending
out with a healthy Reimold or Pie ? It was a question that loomed large in a
loss filled with a stagnant offense and a quality start from Jeremy Guthrie that
went for naught as the Orioles dropped their second straight game.
Reimold said he felt OK in left field and he did beat out
the double play in one of his at-bats. Still, it’s an issue that has been
talked about all spring and was thrust into the limelight on Wednesday.
The Orioles can’t afford to waste a start like they got from
Guthrie. Is Luke Scott a better option than a less than full-throttle Reimold
or Pie? That’s Trembley’s call. Still, I’d be interested in hearing what you