Reimold weighing options, including surgery
Nolan Reimold continues to see doctors in Baltimore as the Orioles’ left fielder is weighing his options in recovering from a herniated disk in his neck, which include possible season-ending surgery.
Reimold has sought multiple opinions and manager Buck Showalter said prior to Tuesday’s game that there hasn’t been any definitive decisions made and he preferred not to speculate if Reimold will return to the field in 2012.
“I don’t want to throw dirt over Nolan right now,” Showalter said of the 28-year-old Reimold, who hasn’t played since April 30. “Let’s let this thing run its course. I’ve gotten some positive, best case scenarios ideas too. So I don’t think we are ready to go there yet. I think when we gather everything, what they decide to do exactly I can address that part of it. But I’ve heard a good timeframe, too.”
Reimold is currently on the 60-day disabled list and while Thursday’s MRI showed that the herniated disk had shrunk, he is still dealing with numbness/tingling. Showalter confirmed surgery is an option and that getting a third epidural injection –Reimold has already had two in the area – is not being discussed. There’s no timeframe as to when Reimold will reach a decision, and given the nature of his injury any surgical procedure would have a significant rehab period.
“I’d like to think it’s not something you can rush making a decision with that especially with your back and neck,” Showalter said.
“I’ve texted [Reimold], I’ve called him once. He’s in and out of elevators, it’s tough. [Special assistant Brady Anderson] is right there beside him and we’ve exchanged a couple texts back and forth, told him to hang in there and he said he’s trying to. [It’s] very frustrating for him, there were a lot of things lined up for him to have a big year for us. We are hoping it’s just being delayed and not denied.”
The Orioles Opening Day left fielder, Reimold hit .313 with five homers and 10 RBIs, posting a .627 slugging percentage in 67 at-bats before hitting the DL.