The Orioles have have reinstated outfielder Nolan Reimold from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.
Reimold has 10 days to be traded, claimed on waivers or released by the Orioles, who could outright him to Triple-A Norfolk if he clears waivers because he has no previous outright assignment.
Orioles EVP Dan Duquette said Monday he has been talking with Reimold about ways to keep him in the organization, which was nearly impossible given the way the current roster is constructed. Baltimore, playing a man down with Manny Machado’s suspension, already has a trio of right-handed hitters in the outfielder/designated hitter category with Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and Delmon Young.
The 30-year-old Reimold, who concluded his rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie over the weekend, has not played in a Major League game since July 13, 2013, and has appeared in 56 games since the end of 2011 due to a pair of neck surgeries.
Reimold had a corrective procedure this winter since the fusion didn’t work properly the first time around and started this season on the disabled list after a spring in which he wasn’t ready to play the field.
A career .252 hitter in parts of five seasons, Reimold hit a career-high 15 homers in 104 games in his rookie season in ’09 and showed flashes of impressive power but dealt with serious injuries along the way.
He had a torn Achilles at the end of ’09 and suffered the initial neck injury diving for a foul ball in the stands in a game at the Chicago White Sox. Reimold kept playing and hit five homers in his first 16 games in ’12 before landing on the DL.