Orioles @ Red Sox lineups w. Reimold to DL

*The Orioles are expected to place their hottest hitter in outfielder Nolan Reimold on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disk in his cervical spine.

The injury was preceded by neck spasms that have plagued Reimold for the past two weeks and manager Buck Showalter said prior to Friday’s game that they are hoping putting him on the DL –where he would  be eligible to return May 16 – will resolve the issue completely.

Reimold last played in Monday’s game in New York, going hitless to snap a team-high 14-game hit streak, and he later alerted the team’s athletic trainers that he was experiencing fingertip tingling. The 28-year-old Reimold was sent back to Baltimore to be examined by the Orioles’ team physicians and he was ruled to have a bulging disk in his cervical spine, an area up around the neck, and given a Medrol Dosepak to help calm the inflammation.

Reimold’s injury is a big blow for the Orioles, particularly given how well he’s hit while in the lineup. The right-handed hitter, who had been the O’s leadoff man, has a .313 batting average with five homers and 10 RBIs in 16 games. In the interim, the Orioles will use Endy Chavez in left field, with Showalter mentioning Wilson Betemit, Ryan Flaherty and Mark Reynolds as other options.

Taking Reimold’s place on the 25-man roster is catcher Luis Exposito who was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox on April 17.  Exposito has played in 13 games for the Tides, hitting .288/.339/.428. He’s 15-for-52 with three RBIs. Both catcher Ronny Paulino and Matt Wieters are in Tuesday’s starting lineup and Showalter said having a third catcher will allow them to use both Paulino and Wieters without risking the use of an emergency catcher.

The Orioles have not made the roster move, and will hold off until the start of Friday’s game in Boston given the threatening afternoon weather.

*Red Sox starter Jon Lester is 14-0 with a 2.36 ERA in 18 career starts against the Orioles.

*Also,  Joe Torre has overturned the error originally given to Yankees left fielder Eduardo Nunez in the sixth inning of the Orioles win on Tuesday. Since the ball didn’t touch Nunez’s glove it is now being scored a double for Nick Johnson, who got his first two hits of the season in that game.

*Rule 5 Draft pick, Ryan Flaherty –who is a Maine native –will have a lot of people in the stands over this three-game set. Flaherty, who grew up a Red Sox fan, estimated he’d have about 20-30 people here over the weekend.

RED SOX LINEUP

Alex Aviles SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Cody Ross RF
Darnell McDonald LF
Marlon Byrd CF
Kelly Shoppach C

LHP Jon Lester

ORIOLES LINEUP

Robert Andino 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters DH
Wilson Betemit LF
Chris Davis 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
Ronny Paulino C

LHP Wei-Yin Chen

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